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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The part requires credible martial arts skills, the ability to speak English and, clearly, star quality. Hannah Yasharoff, USA TODAY, "First 'Mulan' trailer retains spirit of the animated original, but without singing or Mushu," 7 July 2019 While some claimed that the team’s, um, enjoyment of their exploits was divisive, that clearly WASN’T the case in the American sports world. Steven Ruiz, For The Win, "The sports world celebrates USWNT's dominant World Cup win," 7 July 2019 But the kitchen clearly takes a backseat to the brewery, and nothing on a plate came close to anything in a glass. Mike Sutter,, "52 Weeks of Burgers: Blue Star Brewing Co.," 5 July 2019 The film is clearly supposed to be set in late June, during the summer solstice. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "Midsommar Is a Nightmare in Broad Daylight," 5 July 2019 With her bold choices, Dion has established herself as a true risk-taker who clearly enjoys and has fun with fashion -- something that's increasingly hard to come by as trends skew toward the minimal and cynical. Marianna Cerini, CNN Style, "How Celine Dion became the queen of couture week," 4 July 2019 Journalistic experience is not necessary; the ability to write clearly and entertainingly is. The Economist, "Britain’s Brexit debate regresses to 2016," 4 July 2019 That formula — clearly enunciated in 1767 by John Dickinson — failed. Thomas Wendel, National Review, "The Beginning of a Nation," 4 July 2019 In an entertainment landscape that so clearly prized interpersonal chaos, the introduction of LGBTQ story lines was unsurprisingly salacious. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "The Slow, Messy Evolution of LGBTQ Dating Shows," 4 July 2019

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First Known Use of clearly

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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