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clear

adjective

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(Entry 1 of 3)

1 easily seen through
  • the clear glass walls of the aquarium's giant ocean tank

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3 having or showing a mind free from doubt
  • I need to be absolutely clear about what you're saying

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4 not stormy or cloudy
  • novice pilots can only fly on clear days

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7 free from guilt or blame
  • slept with a clear conscience

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clear

verb

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1 to rid the surface of (as an area) from things in the way
  • the early settlers worked hard to clear the land for crops

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2 to set (a person or thing) free of something that encumbers
  • cleared the woods of brush

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3 to give what is owed for
  • finally cleared the last debt

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4 to remove the contents of
  • cleared a drawer so there would be a place to store his clothes

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5 to remove usually visible impurities from
  • cleared the car windows

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6 to set free from entanglement or difficulty
  • cleared himself of any involvement in the matter

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7 to make passage through (something) possible by removing obstructions
  • plows promptly cleared the roads of snow

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8 to free from a charge of wrongdoing
  • she had once been accused of embezzlement, but an investigation by the bank cleared her

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9 to give official acceptance of as satisfactory
  • the administration cleared the plan, and building should begin shortly

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10 to take away from a place or position
  • cleared the dishes from the table

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11 to give information to
  • please clear my mind about the new arrangement regarding reimbursement for traveling expenses

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12 to receive after charges and deductions have been made
  • cleared enough from that stock transaction to be able to afford a new luxury automobile

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clear

adverb

Synonyms of clear (Entry 3 of 3)

as in over, through

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Frequently Asked Questions About clear

How does the adjective clear contrast with its synonyms?

Some common synonyms of clear are limpid, translucent, and transparent. While all these words mean "capable of being seen through," clear implies absence of cloudiness, haziness, or muddiness.

clear water

When could limpid be used to replace clear?

Although the words limpid and clear have much in common, limpid suggests the soft clearness of pure water.

her eyes were limpid pools of blue

When can translucent be used instead of clear?

The synonyms translucent and clear are sometimes interchangeable, but translucent implies the passage of light but not a clear view of what lies beyond.

translucent frosted glass

When would transparent be a good substitute for clear?

While the synonyms transparent and clear are close in meaning, transparent implies being so clear that objects can be seen distinctly.

a transparent sheet of film

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The first known use of clear was in the 13th century

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“Clear.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/clear. Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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