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over·​clear ˌō-vər-ˈklir How to pronounce overclear (audio)
: excessively clear
Better to be overclear than to have futile conversations about "How was I to know?"John Townsend
Evidently the young man was not overclear in his own mind as to how it had all happened …William Gilbert van Tassel Sutphen


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overcleared; overclearing

transitive verb

: to clear (something) to an excessive degree
… careless ranchers and farmers who overgrazed and overcleared their land …Miles Arceneaux
In the last few decades there has also been an increased public awareness that rain forests have been overcleared.Richard J. Hobbs

Word History

First Known Use


1660, in the meaning defined above


1806, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of overclear was in 1660

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Cite this Entry

“Overclear.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overclear. Accessed 1 Jun. 2023.

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