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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Recent Examples on the Web Investors are clearly happy to back such projects that skirt media gatekeepers. Ryan Faughnder, Los Angeles Times, "ArcLight’s end dims Hollywood’s recovery story," 13 Apr. 2021 This is clearly a rare condition affecting only six people out of 7 million people that have taken it in the U.S. Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, "Metro Detroit health departments switch to Pfizer, Moderna after J&J vaccines paused," 13 Apr. 2021 However, his trademark chest tattoo of a woman wearing a sombrero is clearly visible during a boxing match. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, "‘Runaway Train’ is a hidden gem in the history of movies filmed in Alaska," 12 Apr. 2021 The song was clearly emotional for Watkins, who held back tears at the end of the ballad. Charles Trepany, USA TODAY, "'American Idol' recap: Top 16 give emotional performances after shocking fan vote results," 12 Apr. 2021 Many supply chain lessons were learned over the past year and clearly not all of them were pleasant. Forbes, "Industry 4.0: A Key Enabler Of Resilient Supply Chains," 12 Apr. 2021 Look, January 6th was clearly an attack that was attempted to stop the counting of electoral votes. CBS News, "Transcript: Rep. Liz Cheney on "Face the Nation," April 11, 2021," 11 Apr. 2021 And while some worry that a rush to allow sports wagers could lead to problem gambling, momentum is clearly on the side of the industry., "Draftkings, thriving in the pandemic, now sees better odds of success," 11 Apr. 2021 Some politicians are clearly sensitive to the scrutiny. Luiz Romero, CNN, "Why did thousands of Brazilian politicians change their race?," 9 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of clearly

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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16 Apr 2021

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“Clearly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Apr. 2021.

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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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