WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
clear /klɪr/USA pronunciation adj. and adv., -er, -est,v. 
  1. free from darkness or cloudiness: a clear day.
  2. transparent: The water was clear when we went snorkeling.
  3. without stains, defect, or blemish:She had very clear skin.
  4. of a pure, even color:a clear yellow.
  5. easily seen; sharply defined: a clear outline.
  6. easily heard: the clear sound of the church bells.
  7. free from hoarse, harsh, or rasping qualities: She spoke in a loud, clear voice.
  8. easily understood;
    without ambiguity: The alternatives are clear: fight or lose.
  9. entirely understandable;
    completely understood: Let's get this clear: you want to leave and never come back?
  10. distinct;
    obvious: a clear case of cheating.
  11. free from confusion, uncertainty, or doubt: Her clear thinking got us out of danger.
  12. free from blame or guilt:I have a clear conscience.
  13. calm;
    untroubled: Her clear eyes looked back at me steadily.
  14. free from obstructions or obstacles;
    open: a clear path;
    The road was clear after that slowdown.
  15. [be + ~] free from contact with;
    not tangled up with: He kept clear of her after the argument.
  16. complete;
    undoubted:a clear victory for our side.
  17. free from obligation, liability, or debt: a return of 4 percent, clear of taxes.
  18. 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.
  • entirely;
    clean:to cut a piece clear off.

  • v. 
  • [+ 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.
    clear out,
    • 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.
    clear up,
    • 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?
    1. 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.
    2. Idiomsin the clear, free from danger, blame, or guilt:I was finally in the clear after I proved I was right.

    clear•er,n. [countable]
    clear•ness,n. [uncountable]

    Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

    clear /klɪə/ adj
    1. free from darkness or obscurity; bright
    2. (of weather) free from dullness or clouds
    3. transparent
    4. even and pure in tone or colour
    5. without discoloration, blemish, or defect: a clear skin
    6. easy to see or hear; distinct
    7. free from doubt or confusion
    8. (postpositive) certain in the mind; sure: are you clear?
    9. (in combination) perceptive, alert: clear-headed
    10. evident or obvious: it is clear that he won't come now
    11. (of sounds or the voice) not harsh or hoarse
    12. serene; calm
    13. without qualification or limitation; complete: a clear victory
    14. free of suspicion, guilt, or blame: a clear conscience
    15. free of obstruction; open: a clear passage
    16. free from debt or obligation
    17. (of money, profits, etc) without deduction; net
    18. emptied of freight or cargo
    19. (of a round) ridden without any fences being knocked down or any points being lost
    1. in a clear or distinct manner
    2. completely or utterly
    3. (postpositive) often followed by of: not in contact (with); free: stand clear of the gates
    1. a clear space
    2. in the clearfree of suspicion, guilt, or blame
    3. able to receive a pass without being tackled
    1. to make or become free from darkness, obscurity, etc
    2. (intransitive) (of the weather) to become free from dullness, fog, rain, etc
    3. (of mist, fog, etc) to disappear
    4. (transitive) to free from impurity or blemish
    5. (transitive) to free from doubt or confusion
    6. (transitive) to rid of objects, obstructions, etc
    7. (transitive) to make or form (a path, way, etc) by removing obstructions
    8. (transitive) to free or remove (a person or thing) from something, such as suspicion, blame, or guilt
    9. (transitive) to move or pass by or over without contact or involvement: he cleared the wall easily
    10. (transitive) to rid (the throat) of phlegm or obstruction
    11. (transitive) to make or gain (money) as profit
    12. (transitive) often followed by off: to discharge or settle (a debt)
    13. (transitive) to free (a debtor) from obligation
    14. (intransitive) (of a cheque) to pass through one's bank and be charged against one's account
    15. to settle accounts by exchanging (commercial documents) in a clearing house
    16. 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
    17. to obtain or give (clearance)
    18. (transitive) to obtain clearance from
    19. (transitive) to decode (a message, etc)
    20. (transitive) to remove data from a storage device and replace it with particular characters that usually indicate zero

    See also clear away, clear offEtymology: 13th Century clere, from Old French cler, from Latin clārus clear, bright, brilliant, illustrious

    ˈclearer n ˈclearness n

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