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

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Antonyms: Adjective

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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 The key symptom of acute bronchitis is a cough, often accompanied with clear, white, yellow, or green phlegm, Emily Pennington, MD, a pulmonologist at Cleveland Clinic, previously told Health. Leah Groth, Health.com, "Lady Gaga Just Cancelled Her Las Vegas Show Because of Bronchitis and a Sinus Infection," 7 Nov. 2019 Tonight, voters in Kentucky sent a message loud and clear for everyone to hear. Time, "How Republican Gov. Matt Bevin Lost Teachers and Lost Kentucky," 7 Nov. 2019 Gloria: The white nationalists in this country make that very clear, and some of it is religious. Olivia Fleming, Harper's BAZAAR, "Jameela Jamil Is the Feminist-in-Progress We Need Right Now," 6 Nov. 2019 The Frenchman received the all-clear on Monday after a training session, following his latest injuries, which have seen feature in just one Barcelona fixture so far this season. SI.com, "Samuel Umtiti Given 'Medical Clearance' to Face Slavia Prague Following Latest Injury Setbacks," 5 Nov. 2019 No Coconut water is the clear liquid found inside young green coconuts. Alexandra Hansen, Quartzy, "The health benefits of coconut water have been greatly overstated," 5 Nov. 2019 One thing that is becoming clear, though, is that a number of artists are raising their hands to be counted as supporters of some of the leading democratic contenders. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, "With the Presidential Election Just One Year Away, See Which Candidates Artists Are Supporting," 4 Nov. 2019 Many Twitter users across the country have posted pictures of their cities with clear blue pollution-free skies, reminding Delhiites of what breathing in fresh air looks like. Niharika Sharma, Quartz India, "“Sorry Delhi” photos on Twitter taunt choking residents of India’s capital," 4 Nov. 2019 But how that could protect against disease isn’t clear. Kelly Servick, Science | AAAS, "Colombian woman’s genes offer new clues to staving off Alzheimer’s," 4 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Stepping into the breach None of this advice is meant to deny the structural and logistical factors that may prompt women to steer clear of politics. Sarah Todd, Quartz at Work, "Why all women should learn to self-promote like a politician," 4 Oct. 2019 The differences between their gut microbiotas were clear-cut. Ewen Callaway, Scientific American, "C-Section Babies Are Missing Key Microbes," 18 Sep. 2019 To all the CEOs out there, hear us loud and clear: Your greed is coming to an end. Justin Wingerter, The Denver Post, "“Help me transform this country”: Bernie Sanders rallies thousands of supporters in downtown Denver," 9 Sep. 2019 Standing with Jay Rothman, ESPN’s longtime Monday Night Football producer and another Gruden confidant, Davis believed the gray skies overheard would soon clear—even if that hasn’t yet been the case. Jenny Vrentas And Greg Bishop, SI.com, "The Raiders Are Jon Gruden’s Show Now," 6 Sep. 2019 And steer clear from political groups that are not committed to democratic processes or have racially motivated agendas. Klaus Meyer, Quartz, "How to prevent a fascist takeover: Lessons from the Nazi party’s rise to power," 17 Aug. 2019 There are the obvious natural culprits to steer clear of, like talc (see Ingredients to Avoid), and then there are products to be wary of, like clay, which may be contaminated with toxic heavy metals. Olivia Fleming & Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Ultimate Guide to Clean Beauty," 12 Aug. 2019 The director makes that notion clear by tying his fictional tale of Rick Dalton to one of the most notorious events of the ’60s: the Manson Family’s murder of Sharon Tate (played here by Margot Robbie) and others at 10050 Cielo Drive. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Quentin Tarantino Has Made His Best Movie in a Decade," 24 July 2019 Sutherland deftly maintains a distinct presence while staying clear of the energetic dances and fight scenes. Christopher Arnott, courant.com, "Review: 'The Scottsboro Boys’ a searing, spirited, well-told tale of racial injustice at Playhouse on Park," 1 July 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb At Madewell, the Momjean, rolled out in August, clears the bellybutton with room to spare at twelve and a half inches, and their Paperbag jeans, which launched in September, sit even closer to the thorax, at thirteen inches. Rachel Syme, The New Yorker, "How High Can High-Waisted Pants Go?," 12 Nov. 2019 But soon the arena is cleared, music swells, and nine elephants march out. Paul Kvinta, Outside Online, "I Bought an Elephant to Find Out How to Save Them," 12 Nov. 2019 This summer, a federal judge cleared the way to extend the runway at Tweed, critical to any expansion. Kenneth R. Gosselin, courant.com, "State ‘desperately needs good regional airport in south central Connecticut,’ Gov. Ned Lamont says. Will it be Tweed New Haven or Sikorsky Memorial?," 8 Nov. 2019 Issue 65 is the zoning amendment that clears the way for a mixed-use planning district at the former Liberty Ford site on Aurora Road. Ed Wittenberg, cleveland, "Support of Issue 65 helps propel Solon council candidates to victory," 7 Nov. 2019 Following a two-week civil trial, a U.S. District Court jury on Monday cleared an Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent of any wrongdoing in the fatal 2015 shooting of a man in his Detroit home. Omar Abdel-baqui, Detroit Free Press, "Jury clears ICE agent of any wrongdoing in fatal 2015 shooting of Detroit fugitive," 4 Nov. 2019 Microsoft’s also clearing the decks of older hardware, so there are further deals to be had. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Microsoft's discounting its new Surfaces for Black Friday, but HP's $299 laptop may be the steal," 1 Nov. 2019 His cause: Afroz Shah started a volunteer movement that has cleared more than 60 million pounds of garbage -- mostly plastic waste -- from Mumbai's beaches and waterways. CNN, "CNN honors 10 men and women for making the world a better place," 30 Oct. 2019 Services from Facebook, Google, Twitter and other U.S. companies are kept out (which also cleared the way for pliant, homegrown tech giants such as Weibo, Baidu and WeChat to emerge). Karen Leigh, Washington Post, "Cybersovereignty," 28 Oct. 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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The first known use of clear was in the 13th century

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“Clear.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stays%20clear%20of. Accessed 22 November 2019.

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More Definitions for clear

clear

adjective
How to pronounce clear (audio)

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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