clear·​ly | \ ˈklir-lē How to pronounce clearly (audio) \

Definition of clearly

1 : in a clear manner speaking clearly
2 : it is clear clearly, a new approach is needed

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Examples of clearly in a Sentence

You should try to speak more clearly. The mountain was clearly visible in the distance. The problem is very clearly getting worse. “A new approach is needed.” “Clearly.” “The current method isn't working.” “Clearly not.”
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Two days later, Milwaukee Police Officer Mike Driscoll noticed a short man riding a bike that clearly looked too big for him. Jack Mccordick, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "As Milwaukee's bike culture grows, police look to crack down on thefts through community education," 10 June 2019 The law was clearly intended to stop Johnson from scrubbing his Cabinet of Secretary of War Edwin Stanton, a Lincoln holdover who happened to be overseeing the Army’s deployment to Dixie, which the president had vetoed in vain. Michael Kazin, The New Republic, "The Impossibility of Impeachment," 10 June 2019 Something ominous is clearly happening: Sirens blare in the distance, and there’s word that all businesses have been ordered to close. (jim Carmody), San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: Horror-flick chills hint at larger ills in La Jolla Playhouse’s ambitious and mysterious ‘Put Your House in Order’," 9 June 2019 Smith, posed as a janitor at the DRC, narrates bits of the story, and with news clips (from sound engineer Cameron Moulton) and projections on the floor (designed by Jeffrey Bivens) the action moves forward pretty clearly. Lauren Warnecke,, "Chicago Tap’s ambitious ‘Saving the World’ is a sassy step into politics," 9 June 2019 Smooth and safe Make sure paths are clearly marked and free of rocks, mud, garden hoses, dog poop or other debris. Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp, Indianapolis Star, "The Hoosier Gardener: Tips for successful garden party," 9 June 2019 The Pirates clearly lacked energy and were unable to play anywhere near their best. Gentry Estes, The Courier-Journal, "3 takeaways from Louisville baseball's dream NCAA Super Regional," 8 June 2019 The men’s matches had been ticketed separately, and bad weather had complicated things; the tournament was clearly in a bind. Louisa Thomas, The New Yorker, "More People Should Know the Name of Ashleigh Barty, the New French Open Champion," 8 June 2019 But nearly four years on from its opening, Power Valley is clearly low on fuel. The Economist, "Once again, China’s richest region is pulling ahead of the others," 8 June 2019

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First Known Use of clearly

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of clearly was in the 14th century

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English Language Learners Definition of clearly

: in a clear manner : in a way that is easy to see, hear, or understand
: in a way that is certain : without doubt

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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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