WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
clear /klɪr/USA pronunciation
adj. and adv., -er, -est,v.
free from darkness or cloudiness: a clear day.
transparent: The water was clear when we went snorkeling.
without stains, defect, or blemish:She had very clear skin.
of a pure, even color:a clear yellow.
easily seen; sharply defined: a clear outline.
easily heard: the clear sound of the church bells.
free from hoarse, harsh, or rasping qualities: She spoke in a loud, clear voice.
without ambiguity: The alternatives are clear: fight or lose.
completely understood: Let's get this clear: you want to leave and never come back?
obvious: a clear case of cheating.
free from confusion, uncertainty, or doubt: Her clear thinking got us out of danger.
free from blame or guilt:I have a clear conscience.
untroubled: Her clear eyes looked back at me steadily.
free from obstructions or obstacles;
open: a clear path;
The road was clear after that slowdown.
[be + ~] free from contact with;
not tangled up with: He kept clear of her after the argument.
undoubted:a clear victory for our side.
free from obligation, liability, or debt: a return of 4 percent, clear of taxes.
without deduction; net:a clear profit of $1,000.
in a clear or distinct manner;
clearly:He could hear me loud and clear.
so as not to be in contact with or near; away: Stand clear of the closing doors.
clean:to cut a piece clear off.
[~ + object ( + of + object)] to remove people or objects from (something):to clear the table of dishes.
[~ + object] to remove (people or objects): Clear the dishes off the table.
to (cause to) become clear, clean, transparent: [no object]The sky cleared.[~ + object]This lotion will clear the blemishes from your skin.
to (cause to) become free of confusion, doubt, or uncertainty: [~ + object]to clear the mind.[no object]Her mind cleared and she knew what she had to do.
to (cause to) make (something) understandable; to (cause to) be free from misunderstanding: [~ + object]Her reply cleared the confusion.[no object]The confusion cleared and we knew what we had to do.
[~ + object] to make or construct (a path, etc.) by removing obstacles:The huge snowplows cleared the road.
Agriculture[~ + object] to remove trees or other obstructions from (land), such as for farming:The settlers cleared the land for farming.
[~ + object] to eat all the food on: to clear one's plate.
[~ + object] to make a dry, scraping noise in (the throat) by forcing air through, often to express disapproval or to attract attention:He coughed but he couldn't clear his throat.
[~ + object] to free of anything suggesting disgrace: She fought to clear her name.
[~ + object + of + object] to free (a person accused of something) from suspicion or guilt: The jury cleared the defendant of the charge.
[~ + object] to pass by or over without contact: The ship cleared the reef.
[~ + object] to pass through or away from: The bill cleared the Senate.
Business(of a check) to (cause to) go through the banking system and be accepted for payment: [no object]took five days for our check to clear.[~ + object]Can't they clear this check any faster?
[~ + object] (of mail, etc.) to process, etc.:We clear over ten thousand such requests a day.
[~ + object] to gain as clear profit:to clear $1,000 in a transaction.
[~ + object] to receive official permission before taking action on (a plan):had to clear the plan with headquarters.
[~ + object] to give clearance to; give official permission to:The tower cleared the plane for takeoff.
Naval Terms[~ + object] to free (a ship, etc.) by satisfying customs:Customs cleared the ship and allowed it to unload.
Sport[~ + object] to jump (a specific height or distance): He cleared six feet in the high jump.
[no object] to disappear; vanish:These problems will clear shortly.
clear away or off,
- to (cause to) leave, vanish, or disappear: [no object]The storm clouds cleared away.[~ + object + away]The sun cleared the clouds away.[~ + away + object]The sun cleared away the clouds.
- to remove (something) from an area to make clean: [~ + away/off + object]She cleared off the books from her desk.[~ + object + away/off]She cleared them away.
- to remove the contents of: [~ + out + object]Clear out the closet.[~ + object + out]to clear it out.
- to remove; take away: [~ + out + object]Clear out the mess in your room.[~ + object + out]Clear it out, now!
- [no object] to go away, esp. quickly:Clear out, and don't come back!
- to drive or force out: [~ + out + object]First we'll have to clear out the enemy from the territory.[~ + object + out]We'll have to clear them out first.
- to make clear; explain: [~ + up + object]Let me see if I can clear up this misunderstanding.[~ + object + up]Let's see if we can clear this mystery up.
- to put in order; tidy up: [~ + up + object]Can you clear up this mess?[~ + object + up]Can you clear it up?
Idiomsclear the air, to get rid of feelings of anger or distrust by discussing them openly:The two decided to meet and clear the air before their dispute got worse.
Idiomsin the clear, free from danger, blame, or guilt:I was finally in the clear after I proved I was right.
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
clear /klɪə/ adj
- free from darkness or obscurity; bright
- (of weather) free from dullness or clouds
- even and pure in tone or colour
- without discoloration, blemish, or defect: a clear skin
- easy to see or hear; distinct
- free from doubt or confusion
- (postpositive) certain in the mind; sure: are you clear?
- (in combination) perceptive, alert: clear-headed
- evident or obvious: it is clear that he won't come now
- (of sounds or the voice) not harsh or hoarse
- serene; calm
- without qualification or limitation; complete: a clear victory
- free of suspicion, guilt, or blame: a clear conscience
- free of obstruction; open: a clear passage
- free from debt or obligation
- (of money, profits, etc) without deduction; net
- emptied of freight or cargo
- (of a round) ridden without any fences being knocked down or any points being lost
- in a clear or distinct manner
- completely or utterly
- (postpositive) often followed by of: not in contact (with); free: stand clear of the gates
- a clear space
- in the clear ⇒ free of suspicion, guilt, or blame
- able to receive a pass without being tackled
See also clear away
- to make or become free from darkness, obscurity, etc
- (intransitive) (of the weather) to become free from dullness, fog, rain, etc
- (of mist, fog, etc) to disappear
- (transitive) to free from impurity or blemish
- (transitive) to free from doubt or confusion
- (transitive) to rid of objects, obstructions, etc
- (transitive) to make or form (a path, way, etc) by removing obstructions
- (transitive) to free or remove (a person or thing) from something, such as suspicion, blame, or guilt
- (transitive) to move or pass by or over without contact or involvement: he cleared the wall easily
- (transitive) to rid (the throat) of phlegm or obstruction
- (transitive) to make or gain (money) as profit
- (transitive) often followed by off: to discharge or settle (a debt)
- (transitive) to free (a debtor) from obligation
- (intransitive) (of a cheque) to pass through one's bank and be charged against one's account
- to settle accounts by exchanging (commercial documents) in a clearing house
- to permit (ships, aircraft, cargo, passengers, etc) to unload, disembark, depart, etc, after fulfilling the customs and other requirements, or (of ships, etc) to be permitted to unload, etc
- to obtain or give (clearance)
- (transitive) to obtain clearance from
- (transitive) to decode (a message, etc)
- (transitive) to remove data from a storage device and replace it with particular characters that usually indicate zero
, clear offEtymology: 13th Century clere, from Old French cler, from Latin clārus clear, bright, brilliant, illustriousˈclearer n ˈclearness n
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