clear

adjective
\ ˈklir How to pronounce clear (audio) \

Definition of clear

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1a : bright, luminous bonfires clear and bright— Shakespeare
b : cloudless specifically : less than one-tenth covered a clear sky
c : free from mist, haze, or dust a clear day
d : untroubled, serene a clear gaze
2 : clean, pure: such as
a : free from blemishes clear skin
b : easily seen through : transparent clear glass clear plastic bags
c : free from abnormal sounds on auscultation
3a : easily heard a loud and clear sound
b : easily visible : plain a clear signal
c : free from obscurity or ambiguity : easily understood : unmistakable a clear explanation
4a : capable of sharp discernment : keen a clear thinker
b : free from doubt : sure not clear on how to proceed
5 : free from guile or guilt : innocent a clear conscience
6 : unhampered by restriction or limitation: such as
a : free of debts or charges a clear estate
b : net a clear profit
c : unqualified, absolute a clear victory
d : free from obstruction clear passage
e : emptied of contents or cargo A ship is clear after unloading.
f : free from entanglement or contact staying clear of controversy keep clear of the boundary
g : bare, denuded clear ground

clear

adverb

Definition of clear (Entry 2 of 4)

1 : in a clear manner to cry loud and clear
2 : all the way drove clear across the state

clear

verb
cleared; clearing; clears

Definition of clear (Entry 3 of 4)

transitive verb

1a : to make clear or translucent clear the water by filtering
b : to free from pollution or cloudiness clear the atmosphere
2 : to free from accusation or blame : exonerate, vindicate the opportunity to clear himself
3a : to give insight to : enlighten clear my mind about the new arrangement
b : to make intelligible : explain clear up the mystery
4a : to free from what obstructs or is unneeded: such as
(1) : open sense 1b clear a path
(2) : to remove unwanted growth or items from clear the land of timber
(3) : to rid or make a rasping noise as if ridding (the throat) of phlegm needed to clear my throat
(4) : to erase stored or displayed data from (a device, such as a computer or calculator)
b : to empty of occupants clear the room
c : disentangle clear a fishing line
d : to remove from an area or place clear the dishes from the table
5a : to submit for approval clear it with me first
b : authorize, approve cleared the article for publication : such as
(1) : to certify as trustworthy clear a person for classified information
(2) : to permit (an aircraft) to proceed usually with a specified action the plane was cleared to land
6a : to free from obligation or encumbrance
b : settle, discharge clear an account
c(1) : to free (a ship or shipment) by payment of duties or harbor fees
(2) : to pass through (customs)
d : to gain without deduction : net clear a profit
e : to put through a clearinghouse clear a check
7a : to go over, under, or by without touching the ball just cleared the uprights
b : to move through successfully : pass the bill cleared the legislature

intransitive verb

1a : to become clear it cleared up quickly after the rain
b : to go away : vanish the symptoms cleared gradually
c : sell Hogs cleared at steady rates.
2a : to obtain permission to discharge cargo
b : to conform to regulations or pay requisite fees prior to leaving port The ship cleared yesterday and is ready to sail.
3 : to pass through a clearinghouse
4 : to go to an authority (as for approval) before becoming effective All tax bills must clear through our committee.
clear the air or less commonly clear the atmosphere
: to remove elements of hostility, tension, confusion, or uncertainty had a long meeting to clear the air
clear the decks
: to make sweeping preparations for action

clear

noun

Definition of clear (Entry 4 of 4)

1 : a clear space or part
2 : a high arcing shot over an opponent's head in badminton
in the clear
1 : in inside measurement corridors three feet in the clear
2 : free from guilt or suspicion The jury's decision was that he was in the clear.
3 : in plaintext : not in code or cipher a message sent in the clear

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Other Words from clear

Adjective

clearness noun

Verb

clearable \ ˈklir-​ə-​bəl How to pronounce clearable (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for clear

Synonyms: Adjective

crystal, crystal clear, crystalline, limpid, liquid, lucent, pellucid, see-through, transparent

Synonyms: Verb

free, open, unblock

Antonyms: Adjective

cloudy, opaque

Antonyms: Verb

block

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Adjective

clear, transparent, translucent, limpid mean capable of being seen through. clear implies absence of cloudiness, haziness, or muddiness. clear water transparent implies being so clear that objects can be seen distinctly. a transparent sheet of film translucent implies the passage of light but not a clear view of what lies beyond. translucent frosted glass limpid suggests the soft clearness of pure water. her eyes were limpid pools of blue

clear, perspicuous, lucid mean quickly and easily understood. clear implies freedom from obscurity, ambiguity, or undue complexity. clear instructions perspicuous applies to a style that is simple and elegant as well as clear. a perspicuous style lucid suggests a clear logical coherence and evident order of arrangement. a lucid explanation

synonyms see in addition evident

Examples of clear in a Sentence

Adjective

There are clear differences between the two candidates. She's the clear favorite to win the election. I'm not completely happy with the plan, but I see no clear alternative. He was the clear winner. She has made it abundantly clear that she does not support us. It's not clear how much longer we'll have to wait. “Changes will have to be made.” “Yes, that's clear.” Her writing has a clear style. The instructions weren't very clear about when we were supposed to begin. I think I have a clear understanding of the problem.

Adverb

We drove clear across the state. The ball rolled clear across the street.

Verb

The sky cleared after the rain. The weather is cloudy now, but it's clearing gradually. The morning fog gradually cleared. When the smoke cleared, we could see that the building had been completely destroyed. The water cleared after the mud had settled. My skin cleared when I started using the cream. They cleared timber from the land. She cleared everything out of the closet. I'll clear those books out of the way. The police ordered the crowd to clear the area.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

In this episode of Go To Bed With Me, Dr. Lee shows off her nighttime skincare routine and drops major wisdom on keeping your skin clear and healthy. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, "Watch Dr. Pimple Popper's Nighttime Skin Routine," 10 Sep. 2019 Help restore a community building, clear forest trails, and learn about Costa Rican culture from our local hosts. National Geographic, "Costa Rica Middle School Expedition," 10 Sep. 2019 The amount of drugs sold by the ring was also not clear. James Martinez, azcentral, "Criminal ring used 'dark web' marketplaces to sell drugs, turn bitcoins into cash," 9 Sep. 2019 Hopes are that more than 90% of the vote will be counted by 7 a.m. local time (12 a.m. ET) Wednesday, so the final arrangement of seats should be fairly clear by that point. Andrew Carey, CNN, "Benjamin Netanyahu's re-election plans in limbo as Israeli exit polls show tight contest," 17 Sep. 2019 In The Water Dancer, the purpose of Hiram’s super-power is less clear. Eric Herschthal, The New Republic, "How Ta-Nehisi Coates’s Novel Reckons With the Past," 17 Sep. 2019 What’s the best way to handle this situation without making an enemy of a neighbor? -- FED UP WITH FREELOADING DEAR FED UP: Your neighbor may not be clear about the rules. Abigail Van Buren, oregonlive, "Dear Abby: Fashion-conscious family can’t get over cousin’s frumpy new wife," 16 Sep. 2019 With the win, Minnesota went ahead of RSL into third in the West and is three points clear of having to travel for the first round of the playoffs. Avi Creditor, SI.com, "The MLS XI, Week 28: Sounders Fans, Galaxy Make Statements," 16 Sep. 2019 As soon as the rocket plane was clear of the B-52, the pilot would grab the throttle as quickly as possible to open the propellant lines. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "What it was like to fly the baddest airplane the world has ever known," 16 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

Now that the Texans have resolved the Jadevon Clowney situation, the Texans' contracts are pretty clear cut. Matt Young, Houston Chronicle, "Salary, contract details for each Houston Texans player," 4 Sep. 2019 The satellite photographs released Sunday did not appear as clear-cut as officials had suggested, with some appearing to show damage on the western side of the facilities, not from the direction of Iran or Iraq. BostonGlobe.com, "Even as Iranian diplomats denied any role in the attack, others close to Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guard were reveling in the damage at the Saudi oil facilities, which process the vast majority of the country’s crude output.," 16 Sep. 2019 His path to the slave trade was less clear-cut than Franklin's. al, "The hidden history of America’s richest, cruelest slave owners," 15 Sep. 2019 The precipitous decline was clear across all subjects that English-language learners were tested on — passing rates tumbled by 20 percentage points or more on Standards of Learning tests in reading, writing, science and history. Washington Post, "Why did passing rates on state exams for English learners plunge in Virginia?," 3 Sep. 2019 Having finished runner-up in the Dutch Cup in three of his first four seasons in charge, the Austrian's managerial ability was clear early on. SI.com, "Ernst Happel: The 'Weird Man' Who Conquered European Football and Helped Shape the Modern Game," 8 Aug. 2019 This assured markets that short-term rates would stay near zero until there were clear, persistent signs that the economy had fully recovered. Jason Furman, WSJ, "The Case for Pausing the Interest-Rate Climb," 27 Nov. 2018 Why were the jets unable to fly clear of the hurricane’s path? Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "More Than a Dozen F-22s May Have Been Damaged or Destroyed by Hurricane Michael," 15 Oct. 2018 Saturday will bring showers and thunderstorms, probably likely after 8 a.m. Skies will clear later and the day will be mostly sunny with a day-time high near 92. shudak@orlandosentinel.com or 407-650-6361. Stephen Hudak, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Orlando weather: Mostly cloudy, highs in the low 90s, thunderstorms after 3 p.m.," 6 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Chinese companies are desperate for money, but the Chinese Securities Regulatory Commission, which vets all other listings outside the STAR market, has at least 400 companies waiting for approval in a line that could take years to clear. Washington Post, "Shanghai’s Star May Fade Quickly," 18 Sep. 2019 Some speculate that the goal is to clear homeless encampments by moving people into government-run shelters on federal land. Benjamin Oreskes, Los Angeles Times, "Trump loves to attack California on homelessness. Will he do it again during his visit?," 17 Sep. 2019 Several smaller parties are fighting to clear that threshold, and their performance could be make or break for Netanyahu or Gantz's ability to form a coalition. Andrew Carey, CNN, "Benjamin Netanyahu's re-election plans in limbo as Israeli exit polls show tight contest," 17 Sep. 2019 The last photo was snapped at 11:38pm — just barely before the deadline that NYPD gave the campaign to clear the park. NBC News, "In the Big Apple, a big contrast between two campaigns," 17 Sep. 2019 The rain, delivered by a cold front moving east and south off the coast, was expected to clear the Bay Area later Monday morning and leave behind cooler than normal temperatures. Michael Cabanatuan, SFChronicle.com, "First rain in several months lightly douses Bay Area," 16 Sep. 2019 Police spokeswoman Ashley Savage says police planned to clear and search the whole mall, not just the theater, as a precaution. Time, "Despite Panic, Authorities Find No Evidence of Shooting at Virginia Movie Theater," 15 Sep. 2019 Tom Parker for years and got the job of announcing that at the end of every concert to clear the room. Chris Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, "A Hollywood Publicist's Surprising Side Hustle: A Book About Shocking Onstage Deaths," 15 Sep. 2019 Tuiloma slid in at the last moment to try to clear the ball and, instead, knocked it into the net for an own goal to give D.C. United the 1-0 lead. Jamie Goldberg, oregonlive, "Portland Timbers concede own goal in 1-0 loss to D.C. United," 15 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Brady adds that Kennedy, who has committed to play at Virginia Tech, was just as valuable on defending clears thanks to her strong footwork. Brent Kennedy, baltimoresun.com, "Hensh takes own path to Howard County girls lacrosse Player of Year honors," 10 June 2019 Off the beaches, Spanish mackerel will turn on as soon as winds drop and water clears, and cobia are also in the area around markers and other structure. Frank Sargeant, AL.com, "Friday Fishing Report," 20 Apr. 2018 Brady adds that Kennedy, who has committed to play at Virginia Tech, was just as valuable on defending clears thanks to her strong footwork. Brent Kennedy, baltimoresun.com, "Hensh takes own path to Howard County girls lacrosse Player of Year honors," 10 June 2019 Domagoj Vida had seven clears from the Croatian defense. Rory Smith, New York Times, "Croatia Digs Deeper, Burying England’s World Cup Dreams," 12 July 2018 One key in Sunday’s 10-9 overtime win against Georgetown was the Blue Jays’ ability to force the Hoyas into failing on five of 17 clears. Edward Lee, baltimoresun.com, "Johns Hopkins vs. Duke men’s lacrosse: Three things to watch," 20 May 2018 Off the beaches, Spanish mackerel will turn on as soon as winds drop and water clears, and cobia are also in the area around markers and other structure. Frank Sargeant, AL.com, "Friday Fishing Report," 20 Apr. 2018 Southampton remain rooted in 18th position in the league standings with six matches left of the 2017/18 campaign, and are five clears from safety ahead of the next round of fixtures. SI.com, "Mark Hughes Hits Out at Poor Saints Showing in 3-0 Defeat to Fellow Strugglers West Ham," 1 Apr. 2018 United are currently second in the table, seven points clears of their north west rivals after seven games, level on points with neighbours Manchester City and trailing only on goal difference. SI.com, "Jose Mourinho Reportedly Set for Bumper New 5-Year Manchester United Contract," 12 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of clear

Adjective

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adverb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Noun

1674, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for clear

Adjective, Adverb, Verb, and Noun

Middle English clere, from Anglo-French cler, from Latin clarus clear, bright; akin to Latin calare to call — more at low

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clear

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of clear

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: very obvious : not causing or allowing doubt
: easily understood
: free from doubt or confusion

clear

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of clear (Entry 2 of 3)

: in a clear manner
chiefly US, informal : all the way : completely or entirely

clear

verb

English Language Learners Definition of clear (Entry 3 of 3)

of weather or the sky : to change so that there are no clouds, fog, etc.
of clouds, fog, smoke, etc. : to go away
of a liquid : to change by becoming easier to see through : to become transparent or more transparent

clear

adjective
\ ˈklir How to pronounce clear (audio) \
clearer; clearest

Kids Definition of clear

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : easily heard, seen, noticed, or understood a clear definition The differences were clear. She spoke in a clear voice.
2 : free of clouds, haze, or mist a clear day
3 : free from feelings of guilt a clear conscience
4 : easily seen through clear water
5 : free from doubt or confusion : sure Are you clear on what you need to do?
6 : free of blemishes clear skin
7 : not blocked a clear path a clear view
8 : bright sense 1, luminous clear sunlight

Other Words from clear

clearly adverb
clearness noun

clear

verb
cleared; clearing

Kids Definition of clear (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : to free of things blocking I cleared my throat.
2 : to make or become free of clouds, haze, or mist The sky cleared.
3 : to get rid of : remove Please clear dishes from the table.
4 : to go over or by without touching The ball I hit cleared the fence.
5 : to go away : disperse The crowd cleared rapidly.
6 : explain sense 1 We tried to clear the matter up.
7 : to free from blame The judge cleared my name.
8 : to approve or be approved by Our plane was cleared to land. Our proposal cleared the committee.
9 : to make as profit We cleared 85 dollars on the sale.

clear

adverb

Kids Definition of clear (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : in a way that is easy to hear loud and clear
2 : all the way I could hear you clear across the room.

clear

adjective
\ ˈkli(ə)r How to pronounce clear (audio) \

Medical Definition of clear

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a of the skin or complexion : good in texture and color and without blemish or discoloration
b of an animal coat : of uniform shade without spotting
2 : free from abnormal sounds on auscultation

Medical Definition of clear (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to render (a specimen for microscopic examination) transparent by the use of an agent (as an essential oil) that modifies the index of refraction
2 : to rid (the throat) of phlegm or of something that makes the voice indistinct or husky

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clear

adjective

Legal Definition of clear

1 : unencumbered by outstanding claims or interests a search showed the title was clear
2 : free from doubt or ambiguity

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