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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
clear /klɪr/USA pronunciation
adj. and adv., -er, -est, v. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
- 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.
- easily understood;
without ambiguity: The alternatives are clear: fight or lose.
- entirely understandable;
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.
- to remove people or objects from (something)[~ + object ( + of + object)]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.
- to make or construct (a path, etc.) by removing obstacles[~ + object]The huge snowplows cleared the road.
- Agriculture to remove trees or other obstructions from (land), such as for farming[~ + object]The settlers cleared the land for farming.
- [~ + object] to eat all the food on: to clear one's plate.
- to make a dry, scraping noise in (the throat) by forcing air through, often to express disapproval or to attract attention[~ + object]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?
- (of mail, etc.) to process, etc.[~ + object]We clear over ten thousand such requests a day.
- to gain as clear profit[~ + object]to clear $1,000 in a transaction.
- to receive official permission before taking action on (a plan)[~ + object]had to clear the plan with headquarters.
- to give clearance to; give official permission to[~ + object]The tower cleared the plane for takeoff.
- Naval Terms to free (a ship, etc.) by satisfying customs[~ + object]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.
- to disappear; vanish[no object]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.
(klēr), adj., -er, -est, adv., -er, -est, v., n.
- free from darkness, obscurity, or cloudiness;
light:a clear day.
- transparent; pellucid:clear water.
- without discoloration, defect, or blemish:a clear complexion; a clear pane of glass.
- of a pure, even color:a clear yellow.
- easily seen; sharply defined:a clear outline.
- distinctly perceptible to the ear;
easily heard:a clear sound.
- free from hoarse, harsh, or rasping qualities:a clear voice; clear as a bell.
- easily understood;
without ambiguity:clear, concise answers.
- entirely comprehensible; completely understood:The ultimate causes of inflation may never be clear.
plain:a clear case of misbehavior.
- free from confusion, uncertainty, or doubt:clear thinking.
- perceiving or discerning distinctly:a clear mind.
- convinced; certain:He was not clear on the first point that she made but agreed with the others.
- free from anything that would disturb or blame:a clear conscience.
- free from suspicion of guilt or complicity:She was entirely clear of the crime until one of her accomplices turned informer.
- serene; calm;
untroubled:a clear brow.
- free from obstructions or obstacles;
open:a clear view; a clear path.
- free from entanglement or contact:He kept clear of her after the argument. She managed to keep her dress clear of the mud.
- without limitation or qualification; absolute:a clear victory.
- free from obligation, liability, or debt:After twenty years, our house is clear of the mortgage. Municipal bonds were returning as much as 9 percent, clear of taxes.
- without deduction or diminution:a clear $1000 after taxes.
- freed or emptied of contents, cargo, etc.
- (of tree trunks or timber) free from branches, knots, or other protruding or rough parts:The trunk was clear for 20 feet above the ground.
- (of an l-sound) having front-vowel resonance; situated before a vowel in the same syllable. Cf. dark (def. 16a).
(in cryptography) not coded or enciphered. Cf. plaintext.
- (of a speech sound) produced without frication or aspiration.
shining:a clear flame.
- in a clear or distinct manner;
- so as not to be in contact with or near;
away (often fol. by of ):Stand clear of the closing doors.
- entirely; completely;
clean:to cut a piece clear off;
to climb clear to the top;
to run clear off the road.
- to remove people or objects from (usually fol. by of ):to clear a courtroom of photographers; to clear the table of dishes.
- to remove (people or objects) (usually fol. by from):to clear the photographers from the courtroom; to clear the dishes from the table.
- to make clear, transparent, or pellucid;
free from cloudiness or impurities:to clear a liquid by means of a filter.
- to make free of confusion, doubt, or uncertainty:He spoke to his supervisor to clear his mind about their working relationship.
- to make understandable or lucid; free from ambiguity or obscurity:She rephrased the report in order to clear the essential points.
- to make (a path, road, etc.) by removing any obstruction:He had to cut away the underbrush to clear a path.
- to eat all the food on:to clear one's plate.
- Medicineto relieve (the throat) of some obstruction, as phlegm, by forcing air through the larynx, usually producing a rasping sound.
- to make a similar rasping noise in (the throat), as to express disapproval or to attract attention.
- to remove from (the brow) any traces of tension or anxiety, as folds or wrinkles.
- to free of anything defamatory or discrediting:to clear one's name.
- to free from suspicion, accusation, or imputation of guilt; prove or declare innocent:The jury cleared the defendant of the charge.
- Computingto remove instructions or data from (a computer, calculator, etc.).
- to pass by or over without contact or entanglement:The ship cleared the reef. The fisherman cleared his line.
- to pass through or away from:The ship cleared the harbor. The bill cleared the Senate.
- to pass (checks or other commercial paper) through a clearinghouse.
- (of mail, telephone calls, etc.) to process, handle, reroute, etc.:The dispatcher clears hundreds of items each day.
- to free from debt:Just a few dollars more would clear him. The widow had to borrow money to clear her husband's estate.
- to gain as clear profit:to clear $1000 in a transaction.
- to pay (a debt) in full.
- to receive authorization before taking action on:You'll have to clear your plan with headquarters.
- to give clearance to; authorize:The chairperson has to clear our speeches before the meeting.
- to authorize (a person, agency, etc.) to use classified information, documents, etc.:He has finally been cleared for highly classified information.
- Agricultureto remove trees, buildings, or other obstructions from (land), as for farming or construction.
- to free (a ship, cargo, etc.) from legal detention at a port by satisfying customs and other requirements.
- to try or otherwise dispose of (the cases awaiting court action):to clear the docket.
- (of a commodity) to buy up or sell out the existing supply of.
- Sport[Skin Diving.]to drain or expel unwanted water in:to clear a snorkel by sharp exhalations; to clear a regulator and face mask while underwater.
- Games[Bridge.]to establish one or more winning cards in (a given suit) by leading the suit until all the outstanding cards have been drawn:He cleared the heart suit before attacking spades.
- to become clear.
- to exchange checks and bills, and settle balances, as in a clearinghouse.
- to become free from doubt, anxiety, misunderstanding, etc.:His mind cleared when he heard the truth.
- to pass an authority for review, approval, etc.:The bill must clear through the assembly before it becomes legal.
- to remove dishes, food, etc., from a table following a meal:Is it my turn to clear?
- Computingto remove previously inserted instructions or data from a computer, calculator, typewriter, or the like.
- to comply with customs and other requirements legally imposed on entering or leaving a port (often fol. by in or out).
(of a commodity for sale) to sell out; become bought out:Wheat cleared rapidly.
clear away or off:
- to leave port after having complied with such requirements.
- to remove in order to make room.
- to leave;
escape:We were warned to clear off before the floods came.
- to disappear; vanish:When the smoke cleared away, we saw that the house was in ruins.
- to remove the contents of:Clear out the closet.
- to remove; take away:Clear out your clothes from the closet.
- to go away, esp. quickly or abruptly.
- to drive or force out:The police cleared out the pickets by force.
- to make clear; explain;
- to put in order;
- to become better or brighter, as the weather.
in the clear:
- a clear or unobstructed space.
- a piece of clear lumber.
- absolved of blame or guilt;
free:He was suspected of the theft, but evidence put him in the clear.
1 . fair, cloudless, sunny. 2 . translucent, limpid, crystalline, diaphanous. 3 . See clean. 8 . intelligible, comprehensible, lucid, plain, perspicuous. 10 . obvious, manifest, apparent, unmistakable. 17 . unimpeded, unobstructed. 18 . unhampered, unencumbered. 33 . clarify, purify, refine. 42 . exonerate, absolve, vindicate, excuse.
1 . cloudy, dark. 8, 10 . obscure. 13 . uncertain.
- Latin clārus
- Anglo-French, Old French cler
- Middle English clere 1250–1300
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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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