Definition of clear up in English:

clear up

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phrasal verb

  • 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.’
    solve, resolve, straighten out, find an answer to, find the answer to, answer, find the key to, decipher, break, get to the bottom of, make head or tail of, piece together, explain, expound
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  • 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.’
    empty, empty out, void, make vacant
    tidy, tidy up, put in order, straighten up, clean up, put to rights, make shipshape, spruce up
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  • 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.’
      disappear, clear, go away, melt away, vanish, end
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