WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
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.

    1. in a clear or distinct manner;
      clearly:He could hear me loud and clear.
    2. so as not to be in contact with or near;
      away: Stand clear of the closing doors.
    3. entirely;
      clean:to cut a piece clear off.

    1. to remove people or objects from (something):[+ object (+ of + object)]to clear the table of dishes.
    2. [+ object] to remove (people or objects): Clear the dishes off the table.
    3. to (cause to) become clear, clean, transparent: [no object]The sky cleared.[+ object]This lotion will clear the blemishes from your skin.
    4. 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.
    5. 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.
    6. to make or construct (a path, etc.) by removing obstacles:[+ object]The huge snowplows cleared the road.
    7. Agriculture to remove trees or other obstructions from (land), such as for farming:[+ object]The settlers cleared the land for farming.
    8. [+ object] to eat all the food on: to clear one's plate.
    9. 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.
    10. [+ object] to free of anything suggesting disgrace: She fought to clear her name.
    11. [+ object + of + object] to free (a person accused of something) from suspicion or guilt: The jury cleared the defendant of the charge.
    12. [+ object] to pass by or over without contact: The ship cleared the reef.
    13. [+ object] to pass through or away from: The bill cleared the Senate.
    14. 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?
    15. (of mail, etc.) to process, etc.:[+ object]We clear over ten thousand such requests a day.
    16. to gain as clear profit:[+ object]to clear $1,000 in a transaction.
    17. to receive official permission before taking action on (a plan):[+ object]had to clear the plan with headquarters.
    18. to give clearance to;
      give official permission to:[+ object]The tower cleared the plane for takeoff.
    19. Naval Terms to free (a ship, etc.) by satisfying customs:[+ object]Customs cleared the ship and allowed it to unload.
    20. Sport[+ object] to jump (a specific height or distance): He cleared six feet in the high jump.
    21. to disappear;
      vanish:[no object]These problems will clear shortly.
    22. 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.
    23. 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.
    24. 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]

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
clear  (klēr),USA pronunciation adj.,  -er, -est, adv.,  -er, -est, v., n. 
    1. free from darkness, obscurity, or cloudiness;
      light:a clear day.
    2. transparent;
      pellucid:clear water.
    3. without discoloration, defect, or blemish:a clear complexion; a clear pane of glass.
    4. of a pure, even color:a clear yellow.
    5. easily seen;
      sharply defined:a clear outline.
    6. distinctly perceptible to the ear;
      easily heard:a clear sound.
    7. free from hoarse, harsh, or rasping qualities:a clear voice; clear as a bell.
    8. easily understood;
      without ambiguity:clear, concise answers.
    9. entirely comprehensible;
      completely understood:The ultimate causes of inflation may never be clear.
    10. distinct;
      plain:a clear case of misbehavior.
    11. free from confusion, uncertainty, or doubt:clear thinking.
    12. perceiving or discerning distinctly:a clear mind.
    13. convinced;
      certain:He was not clear on the first point that she made but agreed with the others.
    14. free from anything that would disturb or blame:a clear conscience.
    15. free from suspicion of guilt or complicity:She was entirely clear of the crime until one of her accomplices turned informer.
    16. serene;
      untroubled:a clear brow.
    17. free from obstructions or obstacles;
      open:a clear view; a clear path.
    18. free from entanglement or contact:He kept clear of her after the argument. She managed to keep her dress clear of the mud.
    19. without limitation or qualification;
      absolute:a clear victory.
    20. 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.
    21. without deduction or diminution:a clear $1000 after taxes.
    22. freed or emptied of contents, cargo, etc.
    23. (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.
    24. Phonetics
      • Phonetics(of an l- sound) having front-vowel resonance;
        situated before a vowel in the same syllable. Cf. dark (def. 16a).
      • Phonetics(of a speech sound) produced without frication or aspiration.
    25. (in cryptography) not coded or enciphered. Cf. plaintext.
    26. bright;
      shining:a clear flame.
    27. [Obs.]illustrious.

    1. in a clear or distinct manner;
    2. so as not to be in contact with or near;
      away (often fol. by of ):Stand clear of the closing doors.
    3. entirely;
      clean:to cut a piece clear off;to climb clear to the top;to run clear off the road.

    1. to remove people or objects from (usually fol. by of ):to clear a courtroom of photographers; to clear the table of dishes.
    2. to remove (people or objects) (usually fol. by from):to clear the photographers from the courtroom; to clear the dishes from the table.
    3. to make clear, transparent, or pellucid;
      free from cloudiness or impurities:to clear a liquid by means of a filter.
    4. to make free of confusion, doubt, or uncertainty:He spoke to his supervisor to clear his mind about their working relationship.
    5. to make understandable or lucid;
      free from ambiguity or obscurity:She rephrased the report in order to clear the essential points.
    6. to make (a path, road, etc.) by removing any obstruction:He had to cut away the underbrush to clear a path.
    7. to eat all the food on:to clear one's plate.
    8. Medicineto relieve (the throat) of some obstruction, as phlegm, by forcing air through the larynx, usually producing a rasping sound.
    9. to make a similar rasping noise in (the throat), as to express disapproval or to attract attention.
    10. to remove from (the brow) any traces of tension or anxiety, as folds or wrinkles.
    11. to free of anything defamatory or discrediting:to clear one's name.
    12. to free from suspicion, accusation, or imputation of guilt;
      prove or declare innocent:The jury cleared the defendant of the charge.
    13. Computingto remove instructions or data from (a computer, calculator, etc.).
    14. to pass by or over without contact or entanglement:The ship cleared the reef. The fisherman cleared his line.
    15. to pass through or away from:The ship cleared the harbor. The bill cleared the Senate.
    16. to pass (checks or other commercial paper) through a clearinghouse.
    17. (of mail, telephone calls, etc.) to process, handle, reroute, etc.:The dispatcher clears hundreds of items each day.
    18. to free from debt:Just a few dollars more would clear him. The widow had to borrow money to clear her husband's estate.
    19. to gain as clear profit:to clear $1000 in a transaction.
    20. to pay (a debt) in full.
    21. to receive authorization before taking action on:You'll have to clear your plan with headquarters.
    22. to give clearance to;
      authorize:The chairperson has to clear our speeches before the meeting.
    23. to authorize (a person, agency, etc.) to use classified information, documents, etc.:He has finally been cleared for highly classified information.
    24. Agricultureto remove trees, buildings, or other obstructions from (land), as for farming or construction.
    25. to free (a ship, cargo, etc.) from legal detention at a port by satisfying customs and other requirements.
    26. to try or otherwise dispose of (the cases awaiting court action):to clear the docket.
    27. (of a commodity) to buy up or sell out the existing supply of.
    28. 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.
    29. 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.

    1. to become clear.
    2. to exchange checks and bills, and settle balances, as in a clearinghouse.
    3. to become free from doubt, anxiety, misunderstanding, etc.:His mind cleared when he heard the truth.
    4. to pass an authority for review, approval, etc.:The bill must clear through the assembly before it becomes legal.
    5. to remove dishes, food, etc., from a table following a meal:Is it my turn to clear?
    6. Computingto remove previously inserted instructions or data from a computer, calculator, typewriter, or the like.
    7. [Naut.]
      • Naval Termsto comply with customs and other requirements legally imposed on entering or leaving a port (often fol. by in or out).
      • Naval Termsto leave port after having complied with such requirements.
    8. (of a commodity for sale) to sell out;
      become bought out:Wheat cleared rapidly.
    9. clear away or  off: 
      • 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.
    10. clear out: 
      • 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.
    11. clear up: 
      • to make clear;
      • to put in order;
        tidy up.
      • to become better or brighter, as the weather.

    1. a clear or unobstructed space.
    2. plaintext.
    3. a piece of clear lumber.
    4. Idiomsin the clear: 
      • absolved of blame or guilt;
        free:He was suspected of the theft, but evidence put him in the clear.
      • See  en clair. 
    cleara•ble, adj. 
    clearness, n. 
    • Latin clārus
    • Anglo-French, Old French cler
    • Middle English clere 1250–1300
      • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged fair, cloudless, sunny.
      • 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged translucent, limpid, crystalline, diaphanous.
      • 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged See  clean. 
      • 8.See corresponding entry in Unabridged intelligible, comprehensible, lucid, plain, perspicuous.
      • 10.See corresponding entry in Unabridged obvious, manifest, apparent, unmistakable.
      • 17.See corresponding entry in Unabridged unimpeded, unobstructed.
      • 18.See corresponding entry in Unabridged unhampered, unencumbered.
      • 33.See corresponding entry in Unabridged clarify, purify, refine.
      • 42.See corresponding entry in Unabridged exonerate, absolve, vindicate, excuse.
      • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged cloudy, dark.
      • 8, 10.See corresponding entry in Unabridged obscure.
      • 13.See corresponding entry in Unabridged uncertain.

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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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