clear·​ly ˈklir-lē How to pronounce clearly (audio)
: in a clear manner
speaking clearly
: it is clear
clearly, a new approach is needed

Example Sentences

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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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of clearly was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Clearly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition



clear·​ly ˈkli(ə)r-lē How to pronounce clearly (audio)
: in a clear manner
was clearly visible
: without doubt or question
clearly something had to be done

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