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 However, with her old crush John Ambrose back in town, things are clearly not going to be super easy for this new couple. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, ""To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You": The Differences Between the Book and the Movie," 14 Feb. 2020 Nail tools should be taken from a sanitizing box with bacteria-killing UV light that’s clearly on and lit. Taylore Glynn, Marie Claire, "The Ultimate Guide to Gorgeous Nails," 10 Feb. 2020 The 2014 Cup Series champion has expressed an interest in the broadcast side of NASCAR following his eventual retirement from racing, but that’s clearly not an option for a few more years. Michelle R. Martinelli, For The Win, "44-year-old Kevin Harvick explains why he signed NASCAR contract extension through 2023," 8 Feb. 2020 Like Facebook and Twitter, YouTube faces similar problems of balancing its enormous earnings and cultural influence with its clearly deleterious effects. Navneet Alang, TheWeek, "Why YouTube is the true successor to TV," 7 Feb. 2020 The commercial’s hashtag, #MakeSpaceForWomen, clearly has a double meaning. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Super Bowl Commercials 2020: The Best Celebrity Appearances," 2 Feb. 2020 Facts emerge that show the President’s actions to be inappropriate, outrageous, and clearly, straightforwardly wrong. Susan B. Glasser, The New Yorker, "The Bolton Bombshell and the Unwaveringly Pro-Trump G.O.P.," 28 Jan. 2020 Artificial intelligence clearly has the potential to pitch in where physician judgment falters. Olivier Drouin, STAT, "Health care needs AI. It also needs the human touch," 22 Jan. 2020 That trend can be seen clearly in a three-block stretch of the historic Calle Ocho that cuts through the middle of Little Havana. Alan Gomez, USA Today, "Before Super Bowl, Miami's Little Havana faces exodus of Cubans, pressure from developers," 31 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of clearly

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Clearly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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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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