Definition of clear in English:

clear

Pronunciation /ˈklir/ /ˈklɪr/

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adjective

  • 1Easy to perceive, understand, or interpret.

    ‘clear and precise directions’
    • ‘her handwriting was clear’
    • ‘am I making myself clear?’
    • ‘The audio is quite good for a mono track, with dialogue clear and easy to understand.’
    • ‘I hope I am making myself clear, because you bring up a good point with this, for me.’
    • ‘There has been extensive market research and field trials of various sample maps to ensure that the new maps are clear and easy to read.’
    • ‘Can anyone suggest a good, clear, easy beginner's book to the Kabbalah?’
    • ‘With the audio, all you can say is that it's clear and you can understand what is being said.’
    • ‘The switchgear has a quality feel and is well laid out, whilst the dials are clear and easy to read.’
    • ‘Oddly, it was easier to have a clear conversation with someone in the Northampton area than someone in the office next door.’
    • ‘Instruments are clear and easy to read and the single CD sound system was excellent.’
    • ‘The route planner and mapfinder are separate, but the site is clear and easy to use.’
    • ‘It is that particular focus, with his easy and clear style of writing, that makes this volume so helpful.’
    • ‘The display is crisp and clear and is easy to read - just how it should be.’
    • ‘The book also suggests ways of taking on this problem in a clear and direct manner that can be grasped easily by any reader.’
    • ‘It is raw, natural, with a distinct style, yet the underlying melody comes out strong and clear.’
    • ‘Alan is very quiet and contained and clear when he's directing, and there's nothing you want more than that.’
    • ‘I found the setup guide on the website extremely clear and easy to follow, so haven't tried to replicate it here.’
    • ‘She had a strong clear voice that you would think could only come from a woman twice her age.’
    • ‘The implications of the refusal of the hand are clear and yet beautifully understated.’
    • ‘Suddenly, from somewhere within the motel, a bell rang out clear and strong.’
    • ‘I have made this point abundantly clear on more than one occasion.’
    • ‘The music is crystal clear without any hiss or distortion in the mix.’
    understandable, comprehensible, intelligible, easy to understand, plain, direct, uncomplicated, explicit, lucid, perspicuous, coherent, logical, distinct, simple, straightforward, clearly expressed, unambiguous, clear-cut, crystal clear, accessible, user-friendly
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    1. 1.1Leaving no doubt; obvious or unambiguous.
      ‘it was clear that they were in a trap’
      • ‘a clear case of poisoning’
      • ‘But the evidence that the family was blighted already seemed abundantly clear.’
      • ‘I was not with her in Greece but the press reports of her remarks seem abundantly clear.’
      • ‘The rules provide a fairly clear indication of what past practice was.’
      • ‘I do not think it is at all easy to be clear as to whether those mistakes were so inappropriate that they need to be matters of discipline.’
      • ‘This has been interpreted as a clear steer for councils to consider congestion charging.’
      • ‘In doing so he became the first to propose a method of exhaustion although it is not entirely clear how well he understood his own proposal.’
      • ‘In this situation, it is not clear how to interpret the results of the above tests.’
      • ‘They take some things to be true and others to be false, yet they have no clear understanding as to why they do so.’
      • ‘It was clear to me he understood what assets he had and what he wanted to do with them.’
      • ‘A clear and coherent understanding of our national past is an essential building block for the future.’
      • ‘Both images are clouded with a lack of clear understanding about their subject.’
      • ‘The budget document makes this clear to anyone who understands what is going on and it does so with refreshing clarity.’
      • ‘If the training courses had to be gazetted, then there would be a clear and an easy track for someone to follow.’
      • ‘The combined entity should also have a clear majority of independent directors.’
      • ‘There is clear evidence of a strong vested interest in peace among all sections of Naga peoples.’
      • ‘However it makes it clear there is a strong argument in favour of the system, and Britain had a duty to explore them.’
      • ‘If a relationship is strong, a clear patterning to the variables will be evident.’
      • ‘That is clear from the Directive, the Act and the regulations in the Code.’
      • ‘What is clear is that both understandings are relevant to the development of international systems.’
      • ‘There are, however, problems that impede a clear interpretation of the data.’
      obvious, evident, plain, apparent, crystal clear, as clear as crystal, transparent
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    2. 1.2Having or feeling no doubt or confusion.
      ‘every student must be clear about what is expected’
      • ‘I learned that one ought to try to have a clear idea of where you're wanting to go.’
      • ‘Its editor has a clear idea of why things took off.’
      • ‘Let's get a clear idea what we want it to look like when it's done.’
      • ‘Therefore parents need to inform their young daughters and sons to be clear around the idea of consent.’
      • ‘Dostoevsky appears not to have had a clear idea of how to proceed.’
      • ‘That is not to say that Campbell and his team do not have clear ideas about what exactly they want for the firm and what clients expect of them.’
      • ‘This checklist would give the student a clear idea of what to look for when choosing a creative-writing course.’
      • ‘I didn't have any clear ideas as to what I was going to do with it, or even for how long I would stick at it before getting bored.’
      • ‘I've followed everything all the parties have said, and now have a clear idea of the major differences.’
      • ‘They have no clear idea, or simply do not think about, the complicated process of making it.’
      • ‘Don't rush off to the media without a clear idea of what you want to accomplish.’
      • ‘The device of the gathering for a family portrait gives the audience a clear idea of who's who.’
      • ‘More to the point, the great adventuresses of French fiction usually had a clear idea of what they were up to.’
      • ‘I was then in my late twenties, and had a fairly clear idea of what I was doing.’
      • ‘That outing has given him a clear idea about how the Olympic boxing contests would be.’
      • ‘Did you have a clear idea about how long it would take to impose your ideas on the team?’
      • ‘It is important for us to get a clear idea of the way in which members approach their tasks.’
      • ‘At the time he struck me as a very enthusiastic young man with a clear idea of what he wanted to do.’
      • ‘My mind is perfectly clear on one point.’
      • ‘At least everyone is clear on what an exclamation mark is for, even if they overuse it.’
  • 2(of a substance) transparent; unclouded.

    ‘the clear glass of the French windows’
    • ‘a stream of clear water’
    • ‘He pauses to pour ice water into a clear glass tumbler, and drinks from it heartily.’
    • ‘A little water spilled over the blue top, speckling the darkly varnished wood with clear droplets of water.’
    • ‘People are encouraged to begin to drink and eat as soon as they feel ready, starting with clear fluids such as water or apple juice.’
    • ‘It was the same guy from the couch, holding a glass of clear liquid and looking concerned.’
    • ‘Place the tray over a heating pad and cover it with a piece of glass or clear plastic.’
    • ‘The tea must be brewed in a teapot, preferably made of glass so that a glimpse of the clear amber liquid adds to the delight.’
    • ‘Mix a teaspoon of clear honey with one drop of rose water and apply to the lips before bed.’
    • ‘Try that, he says, thrusting a glass brimming with clear liquid in my direction.’
    • ‘The doc recommended that we keep him off solid foods and on clear fluids for at least 24 hours.’
    • ‘It was a perfect Swedish June, with the sun striking buttery lights off still clear water.’
    • ‘While many of the beaches are black with volcanic mud, others are coral, with very clear water.’
    • ‘Some individuals are able to get a similar result by coating nails with clear polish.’
    • ‘The water was clear as the air and the wildflowers looked as if they had never been touched.’
    • ‘As she put the roses into clear water, she knew with out a shadow of a doubt that she was loved.’
    • ‘Wash the mushrooms under clear water, dry on a towel, and cut the large ones in smaller pieces.’
    • ‘A light, clear soup is a great appetiser, and sipping fizzy drinks makes it easier to prolong a meal.’
    • ‘Chemists then adjust the mixture, so as to maintain compatibility with the clear glass.’
    • ‘It was a gorgeous bowl of strawberries in a beautiful, gleaming clear glass bowl.’
    • ‘Remove from heat, stir in one teaspoon of clear honey and pour the mixture into a ceramic bowl.’
    • ‘The holder, bought in Italy, is clear plastic and fractionally larger than the card.’
    transparent, limpid, pellucid, translucent, crystalline, crystal clear, glassy, glasslike
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    1. 2.1Free of cloud, mist, or rain.
      ‘the day was fine and clear’
      • ‘The view from the window may not be as clear and free of cloud as we would wish.’
      • ‘Much as I delight in really dramatic sunsets, there's a special, quiet joy to be had when the sky is clear of clouds.’
      • ‘Peering into an evening sky, clear of clouds, is one of life's more rewarding moments.’
      • ‘You need a clear sky, with just enough cloud to tease some of the more dramatic colours out of the sunbeams.’
      • ‘The sky was clear and dazzling, and there was not even a cloud in the sky to warn him of dreary days.’
      • ‘I was lucky it turned out to be a clear night and no rain would get in the way of my plan.’
      • ‘Her eyes were greeted by a clear sky, save for a few thin puffs of clouds here and there.’
      • ‘They all looked up and saw the dark clouds were disappearing towards the west and the sky was clear.’
      • ‘I was delighted and relieved that the weather was clear and the cloud base was high, so she could see for herself how lovely it is.’
      • ‘Mars is whizzing by, the skies are clear - and I can't get my telescope to work!’
      • ‘We of course wanted clear skies or our efforts would be thwarted but the morning had been very overcast and we were not hopeful.’
      • ‘It was a clear night, no clouds to release any surprise showers, just stars dotting the navy sky like diamonds.’
      • ‘These are occasions that stand out on the Irish sporting calendar, like stars in a clear sky.’
      • ‘It was three o'clock in the afternoon and the sun was baking down from a clear sky.’
      • ‘Here in the UK we wait all year for a decent day of weather and then complain about it within the first few minutes of clear sky.’
      • ‘There was a brisk breeze coming in across the North Sea but clear skies and bright sunshine made it pleasant even so.’
      • ‘The sky was perfectly clear; the moon, a strip of curved ribbon, gleamed brightly.’
      • ‘We join overnight guests in the outdoor pool where we look for meteors in the crystal clear, star-studded sky.’
      • ‘The afternoon is warm though the sky is not entirely clear.’
      • ‘It was a clear night and there isn't anything behind the tree upon which a shadow could be cast.’
      bright, cloudless, unclouded, without a cloud in the sky, fair, fine, light, undimmed
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    2. 2.2(of a person's skin) free from blemishes.
      ‘Norma's clear skin did not need a heavy foundation’
      • ‘He was doing far worse than the last time I saw him when his skin was almost clear.’
      • ‘Her skin used to be clear, but now it was blotchy and there were still a few nasty bruises on her bony legs.’
      • ‘He had clear olive skin, short brown hair and the most intense brown eyes she had ever seen.’
      • ‘The face is large and full, the complexion pale and often not very clear, being subject to skin disorders.’
      • ‘His skin was white and wonderfully clear.’
      unblemished, spot-free
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    3. 2.3(of a person's eyes) unclouded; shining.
      ‘I looked into her clear gray eyes’
      • ‘She was forty, with long black hair that had a few gray strands in it and clear eyes.’
      • ‘He knew this would be the last time he looked so closely into her clear eyes.’
      • ‘Her eyes are clear and bright and there's no trace of pain or anguish on her pixie face.’
      • ‘His eyes were clear and he looked to be in less pain then he had for quite some time.’
      • ‘However, the eyes were clear, clean even, and there was the beginnings of a smile to be seen.’
      • ‘Her eyes were clear now, no longer clouded by the effects of nicotine and hard liquor.’
      • ‘My eyes are clear, but I can see no color in the new pair of glasses.’
      • ‘He stood upright, his back as straight as a child's, and his eyes were clear and grey.’
      • ‘He had dark spiky hair and clear eyes that he couldn't decide were green or blue.’
      • ‘She looked at him with her huge clear eyes and he felt like someone had punched him.’
      • ‘The child's eyes were clear and after a moment began to actively explore the clinic.’
      • ‘He was leaning in front of her, hands between her head, without even a smile on his voice, but his eyes were clear, focused.’
      • ‘Her face and hair were covered with blood and dirt, but her apple eyes were clear and sharp.’
      • ‘The fiery orange eyes were perfectly clear and glinted as he opened them.’
      • ‘Ryan's eyes were clear, large and blue, two saucers in a freckled face.’
      • ‘He was smaller, younger than the others, but he had big, blue, clear eyes.’
      • ‘The girl child had merry, clear eyes and long golden hair that strayed free.’
      • ‘The urge to console her, hold her until her eyes were clear came strong in that instant.’
      • ‘He had clear gray eyes and a quaintly wide mouth that made him look kind of like a duck in a cute way.’
      • ‘He had wavy brown hair and clear gray eyes, as well as a strong, towering build and a flawless smile.’
    4. 2.4(of a color) pure and intense.
      ‘clear blue delphiniums’
      • ‘It could be produced in many bright, clear colours, and had long life and durability.’
      • ‘It's a silvery world of mauves, soft greens and occasional outbursts of clear colour.’
      • ‘I could see the clock at the other side of the room and all the colours were so clear.’
      • ‘The colour is clear and some inclusions of biotite and melt are present.’
      • ‘Colours are clear and bold and the technique is smooth and glossy.’
      • ‘Beauty is generally perceived as a good clear colour and transparency, as shown by fine emeralds or rubies.’
      • ‘Utterly relaxed, she was lying clean and pure in a pool of warm, clear blue, naked and bathed in light.’
      • ‘In winter, the colour changes to a clear white, broken only by a black tip on the tail.’
      • ‘Everything was a forest green or a clear blue, with patches of sunlight here and there.’
      • ‘Broth in an uninoculated tube was clear blue and without a pellicle or precipitate.’
      • ‘The pupils were black, and surrounding them was a ring of clear blue.’
      • ‘To my astonishment, it was no longer a clear blue, but had turned to a hazel sort of green.’
      • ‘They were the clear blue color she so clearly recalled, the same color of river her mother's had been.’
      • ‘On the left side of his chest there were clear blue bruises and also on his abdomen.’
      • ‘Our first port of call was a small clear blue pool at the bottom of the stairs.’
      • ‘His eyes were still that same clear blue, and they were certain that there was a smile on his face.’
      • ‘Behind them, a lady with one green eye and the other a clear blue was selling marionettes.’
      • ‘It should come out a clear dark amber colour and have a lovely flavour.’
      • ‘It bulldozed through those boundaries and broke into clear blue space.’
      • ‘The sky was a crisp, clear blue and the trees were every shade of yellow, orange and red.’
    5. 2.5archaic (of a fire) burning with little smoke.
      ‘a bright, clear flame’
      • ‘As it heated he held his hands close to the clear flame, worked his knuckles loose.’
  • 3Free of any obstructions or unwanted objects.

    ‘with a clear road ahead he shifted into high gear’
    • ‘I had a clear view in both directions’
    • ‘his desktop was almost clear’
    • ‘In a car sit in the front seat if possible so you can get a clear view of the road.’
    • ‘But even inside the exclusion zone, the middle of the road was quite clear of snow.’
    • ‘In heavy rain, the fastest speed of the windscreen wipers is inadequate to keep the view ahead clear.’
    • ‘All aspects of the dialogue, effects and music are free and clear of any distortion.’
    • ‘I was driving and waited until the road ahead was clear before attempting to overtake.’
    • ‘It meant the rallying duo would have a clear road ahead of them at the start of second day.’
    • ‘All aspects of the soundtrack are free and clear of any excessive noise or distortion.’
    • ‘By Friday afternoon, the shrine appeared empty, clear of the visitors and the militants.’
    • ‘I enjoy keeping the garden clear of old raspberry canes, intrusive crab grass, and debris.’
    • ‘When the road ahead is clear, it smoothly accelerates to the speed originally set by the driver.’
    • ‘It would also serve the purpose of keeping the river clear of weeds and watercress.’
    • ‘My wardrobes are clear of posters and postcards and the fixture list is now binned.’
    • ‘The small amount of sail left a clear view ahead, so he came back and joined her when he had fastened the ropes to his satisfaction.’
    • ‘You can check if a car is clear of any outstanding finance deals by contacting companies that research the car's history for you.’
    • ‘One lane was soon opened and the road was clear by the afternoon.’
    • ‘Directional effects are utilized in multiple scenes while the dialogue is all clear of any excessive hiss or distortion.’
    • ‘We ask all parents to keep the gateway clear at school times.’
    unobstructed, unblocked, passable, unimpeded, open, empty, free, unlimited, unrestricted, unhindered
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    1. 3.1(of a period of time) free of any appointments or commitments.
      ‘the following Saturday, Mattie had a clear day’
      • ‘Chose a clear day to mend a broken fence covered in a climber, as it will be a time-consuming job to untie and untangle the plant.’
    2. 3.2predicative (of a person) free of something undesirable or unpleasant.
      ‘after 18 months of treatment he was clear of TB’
      • ‘He began to improve within days, and as far as the doctors can tell, he is now clear of the cancer.’
      • ‘A fund was set up in her name, and she is now clear of leukemia and back in Baghdad with her family.’
      • ‘Chris is a naturally fit guy, and as soon as he was clear of injury he was ready to come back into the team.’
      • ‘But now - just before her eighth birthday - a scan has shown she is clear of the disease.’
      • ‘The musician believes he is clear of the disease following treatment at London's Royal Marsden Hospital.’
      • ‘She said he was now clear of heroin and planned to resume his work when he was released from jail.’
      • ‘Her career was back on the up again when she was welcomed back into the fold this summer, and it looked as though she was clear of problems.’
      • ‘She continued to go for yearly check-ups and was told she was clear.’
      • ‘Both were later found to be clear of the disease and it is understood that they're attending lessons as usual.’
      • ‘Sadly, after believing he was clear of the cancer, it has returned and has now moved to his liver.’
      free, devoid, empty, vacant, void
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    3. 3.3(of a person's mind) free of anything that impairs logical thought.
      ‘in the morning, with a clear head, she would tackle all her problems’
      • ‘And once the decision had been made, his mind was clear and he was free to play the way he knew he could.’
      • ‘The void is full of potential, just like a clear mind free of eccentricities, prejudices and egos.’
      • ‘We'll need clear minds tomorrow and for the rest of the four weeks.’
      • ‘I trust the Scottish Football Association, who already have a clear mind about this.’
      • ‘He is a writer with a clear mind and a vigorous style, who knows a great deal and how to express it.’
      • ‘Until Monday, I'll leave my opinions to the side and watch it with a clear mind to see how things turn out.’
      • ‘Such activities are vital to ensure he can face the challenges of his work with a clear mind.’
      • ‘I aim to go to sleep with a clear mind, the conflicts of the day resolved and my soul reconciled.’
      • ‘His mind was clear to the end and his suffering must have been extreme for him to make the request he did.’
      • ‘Plus, now that you have been scattered into a vapor, you no longer have a clear mind.’
      • ‘Some claim that he refused treatment of this and other pain killers so that, despite his pain, his mind was clear for his music.’
      • ‘When you have had a hard time, your experience will help you teach with a clear mind.’
      • ‘There were quite a few things that she needed to worry about now that she had a clear mind.’
      • ‘My mind was clear and the only words flowing were the words my younger sister had just said.’
      • ‘I think I can face up to my confessor with a clear mind that I have done good deeds in this world.’
      • ‘An empty desk, a clear mind and a burst of determination ought not to be wasted.’
      • ‘You have got to have a clear mind to play this game and my mind's just not there at the moment.’
      • ‘He wanted me to clean my bad thoughts away, so my mind was clear.’
      • ‘Thank you for providing a place safe from all the media frenzy to look at the current situation with a clear mind.’
      • ‘She returned to the golden light with a clear mind and told herself to wake up.’
      logical, rational, well thought out, clear, lucid, coherent, cogent, systematic, methodical, organized, well organized, well expressed, well presented, considered, sensible, intelligent
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    4. 3.4(of a person's conscience) free of guilt.
      ‘I left the house with a clear conscience’
      • ‘If I woke up some morning and said it was not for me, I'd have an absolutely clear conscience.’
      • ‘Of course this could just be my tortured logic enabling me to vote for him with a clear conscience…’
      • ‘Politics, in many ways, does not delight in a clear conscience and clean hands.’
      • ‘He angrily denied the claims, saying his conscience was clear.’
      • ‘Earlier in the week she had appeared before MPs to say she did not intend to resign because she had a clear conscience.’
      • ‘For our part we have a clear conscience, as we will not accept donations from such companies.’
      • ‘My conscience is clear and if I had to make the same decisions again, I would.’
      • ‘My conscience is clear and I wish to help the inquiry in any way that I can.’
      • ‘He was trying to convince himself that he had not cheated, which showed he didn't have a clear conscience.’
      • ‘I would like to remind the Cabinet Ministers that a clear conscience is a soft pillow.’
      • ‘He said he will put the story right in time and he has a clear conscience.’
      • ‘My conscience is clear as I know we gave her the best we could with what we had available to us.’
      • ‘The answer is now less impressive, but it can be given with certainty and with a clear conscience.’
      • ‘He's proved his point long ago and could pack it in tomorrow if he wanted with a clear conscience.’
      • ‘Anyway, I was glad to help and can now return to California with a clear conscience.’
      • ‘My conscience is clear, but I now dread having anything to do with reporting anything to the authorities.’
      • ‘Only then can we carry out the third and final step with a clear conscience.’
      • ‘When I went to prison I had a clear conscience and when I got out I had a clear conscience.’
      • ‘When it came, she was armed with tissues and a clear conscience for what she knew had to be done.’
      • ‘These facts he could deliver with a clear conscience and a straight face, and he did.’
      untroubled, undisturbed, unworried, unperturbed, unconcerned, unbothered, with no qualms
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  • 4clear ofpredicative Not touching; away from.

    ‘the truck was wedged in the ditch, one wheel clear of the ground’
    • ‘His grateful passengers disembark and head for their cars, parked on either side of the road clear of the water.’
  • 5attributive (of a sum of money) net.

    • ‘a clear profit of $1,100’
    after taxes, after deductions, take-home, clear, final
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  • 6Phonetics
    Denoting a palatalized form of the sound of the letter l (as in leaf in most accents of English).

adverb

  • 1So as to be out of the way of or away from.

    ‘he leapt clear of the car’
    • ‘stand clear, I'll start the plane up’
    • ‘Always keep your fingers well clear of their claws.’
    • ‘Native birds, he said, were not at risk because they stayed clear of the starling horde.’
    • ‘The older woman was thrown clear of the vehicle and received only minor injuries.’
    • ‘He says the girls were on grass beyond the footpath, and well clear of the roadway.’
    • ‘If there's something absolutely petty going on, just stay clear of it and get out of the way, because it just boils up.’
    • ‘When she was clear of the car, she turned and dashed into the hedge of the neighbor's yard.’
    • ‘It went down and I worked it around the stern, keeping the line clear of the lower unit.’
    • ‘That allows you to consistently run at your peak, to consistently run the fast times, to stay clear of your pursuers.’
    • ‘The best that a win can do for them is help them steer clear of the relegation zone.’
    • ‘But the palace, ever the wiser, is steering clear of the controversy.’
    • ‘Our warning system was non-existent, so everybody tried to stay clear of the field.’
    • ‘From the start the pace was on with four competitors breaking clear of the pack and setting a blistering pace.’
    • ‘Directional control was maintained and the aircraft was taxied clear of the runway.’
    • ‘After landing, we taxied clear of the runway and immediately shut down the aircraft.’
    • ‘Her body was thrown clear of the single-decker bus as it rounded a corner.’
    • ‘After an experience like that, I warned all my friends to steer well clear of diving out of aeroplanes.’
    • ‘Stay well clear of them as they are all blood sucking parasites.’
    • ‘For, he told his fans to stay clear of supporting issues that had political overtones.’
    • ‘He held his nerve as the roars of the crowd echoed in his ears and silky footwork took him clear of desperate tackles.’
    • ‘It was clear the Italian couple and Russians were aghast but keeping clear of interfering.’
    away from, apart from, beyond, at a distance from, at a safe distance from, out of contact with
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    1. 1.1So as not to be obstructed or cluttered.
      • ‘the floor had been swept clear of litter’
  • 2Completely.

    ‘he had time to get clear away’
    • ‘He stepped forward and embraced his son, lifting him clear off the ground.’
    • ‘John glared back at him, tempted to shove him clear off the railing.’
    completely, entirely, thoroughly, fully, wholly, totally, utterly, quite, altogether
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    1. 2.1clear toNorth American All the way to.
      • ‘you could see clear to the bottom of the lagoon’

verb

  • 1with object Remove an obstruction or unwanted item or items from.

    ‘the drive had been cleared of snow’
    • ‘Carolyn cleared the table and washed up’
    empty, void
    unblock, unclog, unstop
    remove, take away, carry away, move, shift, tidy away, tidy up
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    1. 1.1with object Free (land) for cultivation or building by removing vegetation or existing structures.
      • ‘the embankment was cleared for a new section of line’
    2. 1.2with object Cause people to leave (a building or place)
      • ‘the wardens shouted a warning and cleared the streets’
      evacuate, empty, make empty, make vacant
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    3. 1.3no object Gradually go away or disappear.
      ‘the fever clears in two to four weeks’
      • ‘the mist had cleared away’
      disappear, go away, melt away, vanish, end
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    4. 1.4no object Become free of cloud or rain.
      • ‘we'll go out if the weather clears’
      brighten, brighten up, lighten, become light, light up, break, clear up, become bright, become brighter, become lighter, become fine, become sunny
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    5. 1.5no object (of a person's face or expression) assume a happier aspect following confusion or distress.
      • ‘for a moment, Sam was confused; then his expression cleared’
  • 2with object Remove (an obstruction or unwanted item) from somewhere.

    ‘Karen cleared the dirty plates’
    • ‘park staff cleared away dead trees’
    empty, void
    unblock, unclog, unstop
    remove, take away, carry away, move, shift, tidy away, tidy up
    get rid of, throw away, throw out, discard, dispose of, dump, bin, scrap, do away with, jettison, eject, eliminate, throw on the scrapheap
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    1. 2.1(in soccer and other sports) send (the ball) away from the area near one's goal.
      ‘McAllister's lob was cleared off the line by Kernaghan’
      • ‘Clarke headed towards the net but Nicol cleared’
    2. 2.2Discharge (a debt)
      • ‘at the moment I'm clearing debts’
      pay off, pay, repay, settle, discharge, square, make good, honour, defray, satisfy, account for, remit, liquidate
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  • 3with object Get past or over (something) safely or without touching it.

    ‘the plane rose high enough to clear the trees’
    • ‘she cleared 1.50 metres in the high jump’
    go over, get past, go above, pass over, sail over
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  • 4with object Officially show or declare (someone) to be innocent.

    • ‘his sport's ruling body had cleared him of cheating’
    acquit, declare innocent, find not guilty
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  • 5with object Give official approval or authorization to.

    • ‘I cleared him to return to his squadron’
    authorize, give permission, permit, allow, pass, accept, endorse, license, sanction, give approval to, give one's seal of approval to, give consent to
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    1. 5.1Satisfy the necessary requirements to pass through (customs)
      • ‘I can help her to clear customs quickly’
    2. 5.2(with reference to a check) pass through a clearinghouse so that the money goes into the payee's account.
      no object ‘there were more than sufficient funds in the account for both checks to clear’
      • ‘the check could not be cleared until Monday’
      cash, accept, take, clear, pass, encash, convert into cash, convert into money
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  • 6with object Earn or gain (an amount of money) as a net profit.

    • ‘I would hope to clear £50,000 profit from each match’
    net, make a profit of, realize a profit of, take home, pocket
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Phrases

    clear the air
    • 1Make the air less humid.

      ‘storms were supposed to clear the air’
      • ‘Although the rain makes a pleasant change from the heat of the weekend, it hasn't cleared the air.’
      1. 1.1Defuse or clarify an angry, tense, or confused situation by frank discussion.
        ‘it's time a few things were said to clear the air’
        • ‘The discussions cleared the air and as a parliamentary party we need to make it clear that we won't tolerate people briefing behind the scenes.’
        • ‘We agreed to facilitate a public meeting in order to get discussion going, and so hope to clear the air.’
        • ‘He accepted the progress report hasn't been discussed and offered to attend a special meeting to clear the air over the 100 or so outstanding issues.’
        • ‘By acknowledging that you may have made a mistake or hurt someone else, you can help clear the air, and that will reduce your stress level.’
        • ‘‘I don't think it would necessarily clear the air because I don't think the air needs to be cleared,’ he said.’
        • ‘It also clears the air of all the negatism that had surrounded the team over the winter and enables everyone concerned to look forward to brighter days.’
        • ‘I now think that it is essential that the Conservative Party in Parliament clears the air and determines once and for all who we want to lead the party into that election.’
        • ‘Essentially it's a storm in a tea cup but we're really just clearing the air.’
        • ‘It's a good way of clearing the air and moving forward.’
        • ‘As the department was clearing the air yesterday, parents warned teachers that they will not stand idly by and watch their children's education being disrupted for another year.’
    clear the name of
    • Show to be innocent.

      ‘the spokesman released a statement attempting to clear his client's name’
      • ‘But families still fight for years to clear the name of loved ones who were put to death.’
      • ‘Legalization will not only make it safer for users but it will clear the name of the estimated 600,000 Canadians who have been convicted of simple cannabis possession.’
      • ‘And the findings will try to clear the name of the warship's commander whose career was ruined by a subsequent court martial.’
      • ‘They are now working together as private detectives trying to clear the name of a handyman accused of stealing secret documents from the home of a rich family.’
      • ‘He is now working to clear the name of a bus driver with multiple crashes to his name - all caused by someone else.’
      • ‘For 13 years she has campaigned to clear the name of her grandfather who was shot for cowardice during the First World War.’
      • ‘A Manchester lawyer fighting to clear the name of a convicted murderer is hoping a breakthrough could be just around the corner.’
      • ‘I wish to encourage you in your efforts to get at the real facts in this case and help clear the name of a very fine, upstanding and humanitarian man.’
      • ‘A book is to be written which it is hoped will clear the name of a player thought to be involved in one of football's biggest scams.’
      • ‘He decided to confess to the scam to help clear the name of another driving instructor and school teacher who is being investigated by police.’
    out of a clear sky
    • As a complete surprise.

      • ‘his moods blew up suddenly out of a clear sky’
    in clear
    • Not encrypted; not in code.

      ‘the Russian staff practice of sending radio messages and orders in clear’
      • ‘At Army Group level the Russians were using simple codes, but lower formations sent radio signals in clear.’
    as clear as day
    • Very easy to see or understand.

      ‘I saw him clear as day’
      • ‘the reason for Peter's evasiveness was suddenly as clear as day’
      • ‘Looking around, she noticed she could see clear as day.’
      • ‘But when you actually saw the written evidence it was as clear as day.’
      • ‘She recognized her own handwriting as clear as day on the back of the picture as he flipped it around.’
      • ‘I loved him, I said it clear as day to him and he understood that.’
      • ‘Normally I'm aware I'm dreaming due to the subtle layer of surreality but this one was clear as day (though I can't remember any of it now, of course).’
      • ‘The trophy for that triumph is clear as day with this bunch.’
      • ‘They're virtually invisible to everyone else, but I see them clear as day.’
      • ‘Out of the blue, like a movie, these images appear in front of me, clear as day.’
      • ‘I didn't have a clue what it was and then I saw the Pope's face, clear as day.’
      • ‘It is there clear as day, on public record, as said by the Prime Minister.’
      obvious, evident, plain, apparent, crystal clear, as clear as crystal, transparent
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    clear the way
    • 1Remove an obstacle or hindrance to allow progress.

      ‘the ruling could be enough to clear the way for impeachment proceedings’
      • ‘I also hope that this will now clear the way for speedy progress on the initiative to find a suitable home for a memorial to the Women of the Second World War.’
      • ‘We are there to breach obstacles and clear the way for the fighting troops.’
      • ‘The union is trying to sell its latest deal by promising that the pay entrenchment clause will be removed, clearing the way for further secondary pay increases.’
      • ‘Mindful of colleges' concerns, the Internal Revenue Service put off implementing these requirements, and the congressional action now clears the way to remove the roles.’
      • ‘Meanwhile, the hacksaw lashed out at anything that stood in its path, clearing the way just enough to create forward progress.’
      • ‘The surprise move clears the way for closing arguments, expected to begin as early as Wednesday.’
      • ‘The appeals board has attached just five minor conditions to planning for the €630 million route, clearing the way for diggers to move in on site in spring of 2007.’
      • ‘He said on Radio 4 that he had pleaded guilty to the disciplinary charges in ‘a tactical move’ to clear the way for his bid to become mayor.’
      • ‘The move clears the way for the EU to apply the tariffs later this year if talks with the US fail to yield a compromise solution.’
      • ‘The move cleared the way for a new player to get involved.’
      1. 1.1in imperative Stand aside.
        • ‘Stand back, there! Clear the way!’
    in the clear
    • No longer in danger or suspected of something.

      ‘the latest information put her in the clear’
      • ‘Then I was in the clear, free from any desire to smoke.’
      • ‘But we also saw the light and knew that by Thursday we would be in the clear.’
      • ‘So, it's still not in the clear, by any stretch of the imagination.’
      • ‘But now I've also been in the team, I am in the team, I've got those results and yeah, I'm in the clear.’
      • ‘The contract I signed initially didn't say anything past the probation period, so I was in the clear to resign without notice.’
      • ‘So, thinking I was in the clear, I went about my business, free-wheeling and fancy-free the whole time.’
      • ‘Just because someone in a bad spot is forced to sign a legal disclaimer, that doesn't mean the people making the decisions are in the clear morally.’
      • ‘You had a fleeting thought about getting caught when you made your plans three weeks ago, but you figured you were in the clear.’
      • ‘Well, I wouldn't say they're in the clear yet, but it's certainly died down a bit.’
      • ‘He says this now means the rest of the team is in the clear.’
    clear the decks
    • Prepare for a particular event or goal by dealing with anything beforehand that might hinder progress.

      ‘the company's sale of Australian investments cleared the decks for expansion in the UK’
      • ‘‘Obviously now things have blown and people are clearing the decks and I just think anyone who's got anything to say should say it now,’ she said.’
      • ‘Your Honours, may I clear the decks so far as the facts which of course are not as factual inquiry before this Court but without which we cannot win.’
      • ‘He is to abandon two central planks of the government's crime legislation as he clears the decks before announcing the start of the general election campaign, expected in the next two days.’
      • ‘It was always spelt out to me that I would have to trim the wage bill and the playing staff and there has been quite a bit of clearing the decks.’
      • ‘But it was a case of clearing the decks, then having a look at what was left, and trying to build from there.’
      • ‘This is a government that is clearing the decks.’
      • ‘The Administration is clearing the decks for the second term.’
      • ‘The contenders are clearing the decks and making ready to do battle.’
      • ‘For the last year he's been clearing the decks of any issue that might have caused a problem when the campaign proper began.’
      • ‘It's about clearing the decks for the quickest possible election date of August 7.’
    as clear as mud
    informal
    • Not at all easy to understand.

      • ‘what the statement really means is still as clear as mud’
      • ‘As I suspected, all is clear as mud at this point.’
      • ‘The next steps are clear as mud.’
      • ‘The strangely murky waters of the UK's broadband market were stirred up once again last week, making things clear as mud, as usual.’
      • ‘It was just clear as mud to me, and I was hoping you could help me with it later on.’
      • ‘On the flip side, some parts of the plot that aren't explained still seem to be vital to the story, so several chapters are clear as mud.’
    clear one's throat
    • Cough slightly so as to speak more clearly, attract attention, or to express hesitancy before saying something awkward.

      ‘he cleared his throat and spoke loudly’
      • ‘Sarah had to clear her throat before answering’
      • ‘Matt awkwardly clears his throat and begins to speak.’
      • ‘I coughed, partly to clear my throat, partly to demand full attention.’
      • ‘He was suffering from a heavy cold which caused him to sniffle, blow his nose, cough and clear his throat throughout his 135-minute performance.’
      • ‘Some flip through their programs, interested in educating themselves about the history of the piece to be performed, others reapply lipstick, and a gruff old man clears his throat before turning to speak to his formidable looking wife.’
      • ‘And then I heard the sound of someone clearing their throat to get my attention.’
      • ‘I laughed and gave him a peck on the lips again before we heard someone clearing their throat to gain our attention.’
      • ‘The sculpture emits a series of noises: the artist coughing, sniffling, clearing his throat, yawning audibly, sighing.’
      • ‘Coach let us sulk for a minute or two, until finally clearing his throat, drawing our attention back to him.’
      • ‘He coughed once, clearing his throat as the three turned and looked at him.’
      • ‘Josh just shook his head before clearing his throat to get some attention again.’

Phrasal Verbs

    clear off
    British informal
    • usually in imperative Go away.

      • ‘“Clear off!” he yelled’
      • ‘He's had two children by her and then in 2002 he clears off.’
    clear up
    • 1clear something up, clear up somethingSolve or explain something.

      ‘he wanted to clear up some misconceptions’
      • ‘Unless misconceptions were cleared up here at the very beginning, they were likely to reinforce already existing prejudices.’
      • ‘I'm not necessarily telling you this to scare you or something, but I figured this could clear some things up.’
      • ‘Tim briefly explained what Grandpa had told to him, hopefully clearing things up.’
      • ‘The first is that I've been extremely busy at work trying to clear some things up before my three week winter break, which starts on Friday.’
      • ‘I want to clear something up so we get it straight.’
      • ‘She could clear it up tomorrow by coming into the House and answering the questions.’
      • ‘He figured the handout being passed around would clear it up a bit.’
      • ‘OK, let's clear up what's really going on here.’
      • ‘I quickly cleared up the confusion with a follow up text to " disregard".’
      • ‘And if that doesn't clear up any remaining confusion, I'm sorry.’
    • 2also clear something up, clear up somethingTidy something up by removing trash or other unwanted items.

      ‘I keep meaning to come down here and clear up’
      • ‘he decided to clear up his garage’
      • ‘‘The council needs to do something about it, and I don't just mean clearing it up and moving the youths on,’ he said.’
      • ‘Mr Messy was very messy and asked Mr Clean and Mr Tidy to clear up his house.’
      • ‘An obsessively tidy man, he clears up after Elizabeth cooks.’
      • ‘Archaeologists clear up and tidy the remains of the past.’
      • ‘They have responsibilities for clearing up and keeping areas clean.’
      • ‘Rather than spend their time hanging around on street corners, they can be found scouring their estates for litter, clearing up play areas and planting bulbs.’
      • ‘A field on the borders of Southend and Rochford has become a dangerous rubbish tip and should be cleared up immediately, a councillor said.’
      • ‘A new volunteer clean-up team has vowed to clear up litter hotspots.’
      • ‘They also want the council to clear up the area, and remove abandoned cars.’
      • ‘Residents and traders are responsible for clearing up afterwards and people have commented that the street is cleaner in the morning.’
    • 3(of an illness or other medical condition) become cured.

      ‘all my health problems cleared up’
      • ‘After taking medication, Sarah's condition appeared to clear up.’
      • ‘They offer to change your life by clearing up chronic conditions, lifting depressions, boosting your immune system and making you happy as well as healthy.’
      • ‘The condition usually clears up within 7 to 14 days.’
      • ‘If the condition clears up quickly, ensure that the child avoids strenuous exertion for at least a week afterwards.’
      • ‘Neither a condition to be cleared up nor a means to be employed, depression is and always will be a constitutive part of who she is.’
      • ‘These problems usually clear up with appropriate medical care, although some may require counseling.’
      • ‘Viral conjunctivitis does not need specific medical treatment and will clear up on its own in two to three weeks.’
      • ‘Within a short while, however, the mild irritating condition completely cleared up leaving my vision clearer and brighter than before.’
      • ‘In most cases, gastroenteritis is a mild illness caused by a viral infection and clears up without the need for medical treatment.’
      • ‘A standard vegetable-garden fungicide seems to cure it (but maybe the problem would clear up on its own).’
      1. 3.1clear something up, clear up somethingCure an illness or other medical condition.
        ‘folk customs prescribed sage tea to clear up measles’
        • ‘The ailment becomes the cure and the symptoms are cleared up not by their actual remedy, but by our ignorant submission or our willful hypnosis to another glossy spin and a catchy jingle.’
        • ‘If your teenager has bad acne, your GP can prescribe medication to help clear it up.’
        • ‘Luckily, a German pharmacist understood my sign language and sold me a miracle cure that cleared it up in a few days.’
        • ‘Well, never mind, go to the clinic and they'll prescribe something to clear it up.’
        • ‘Tablets can be taken during the first outbreak to ease symptoms and help clear it up.’
        • ‘They do sell medication for the tank and you may be able to clear it up if you treat the tank at the first sign of trouble.’
        • ‘If this happens, a course of antibiotics can be prescribed and this will usually clear it up quickly.’
        • ‘Garlic helps clear a cold sore up much faster than any other remedy I've tried.’
        • ‘Most eye infections can be cleared up with antibiotics but even with treatment there is a risk of damage to the cornea, the transparent outer layer at the front of the eye.’
        • ‘The advice giver said that ‘most people don't know’ that it can be cleared up quickly with antibiotics.’
    • 4(of the weather) become brighter.

      ‘I said I would fix the roof when the weather clears up’
      • ‘If the weather clears up a little we might even go camping.’
      • ‘Of course, the weather soon cleared up again and July started nicely.’
      • ‘The weather has cleared up a lot and it's now sunny, but still windy.’
      • ‘For anyone living outside the UK a heatwave means that the weather has cleared up a bit and there's no need for a coat.’
      • ‘By the time we got down there the weather had cleared up a bit and the views looking down the valleys were fabulous.’
      • ‘The weather cleared up later in the day and the sunset seemed to promise better things for the morrow.’
      • ‘The day started out rainy and grey but the weather managed to clear up nicely, so much so that I forgot to put on sunscreen and I got myself burned on my arms pretty badly.’
      • ‘But the weather is expected to clear up on Sunday, they said.’
      • ‘When the weather clears up I'll be the one to take you on a tour of our fair city!’
      • ‘But, there's a small bookstore nearby that we might visit until the weather clears up.’
      brighten, brighten up, lighten, become light, light up, break, clear up, become bright, become brighter, become lighter, become fine, become sunny
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      1. 4.1(of rain) stop.
        ‘the drizzle looked unlikely to clear up’
        • ‘And after three days of heavy rain, it cleared up minutes before the ceremony.’
        • ‘There didn't seem to be quite a big a rush at first this year, but they began to pack in as the day went on, when the rain cleared up.’
        • ‘The rain even cleared up by the time we got to the registry office which meant we could take photos outside.’
        • ‘But the short, heavy bursts of rain will clear up fairly quickly the following day with a return the warm sunshine and showery weather the area has been experiencing for the past few days.’
        • ‘Yeah, unless it clears up but the rain is still coming down hard.’
        • ‘I'm looking forward to some good, old fashioned, outdoor summer fun - that is, providing all this rain over here clears up.’
        • ‘I sat down with her a couple of days later - in the shade of a huge tree after the rain had cleared up - to talk with her about her life, her politics, and her writing.’
        • ‘The rain's cleared up; today's just grey but the air's wet.’
        • ‘The rain had cleared up, and all he could see were stars, stretching into unending vastness.’
        • ‘The rain had cleared up, reduced to the slightest drizzle, and it was getting really dark.’
    clear out
    • 1clear something out, clear out somethingRemove the contents from something so as to tidy it or free it for alternative use.

      • ‘they told her to clear out her desk by the next day’
    • 2informal usually in imperative Go away.

      • ‘Okay people, nothing to see here. Now clear out!’

Origin

Middle English from Old French cler, from Latin clarus.