Definition of clear up in English:

clear up

phrasal verb

  • 1(of an illness or other medical condition) become cured.

    ‘all my health problems cleared 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘After taking medication, Sarah's condition appeared to clear up.’
    • ‘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).’
    • ‘If the condition clears up quickly, ensure that the child avoids strenuous exertion for at least a week afterwards.’
    • ‘The condition usually clears up within 7 to 14 days.’
    • ‘These problems usually clear up with appropriate medical care, although some may require counseling.’
    • ‘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.’
  • 2(of the weather) become brighter.

    ‘I said I would fix the roof when the weather clears up’
    • ‘But, there's a small bookstore nearby that we might visit until the weather clears up.’
    • ‘When the weather clears up I'll be the one to take you on a tour of our fair city!’
    • ‘But the weather is expected to clear up on Sunday, they said.’
    • ‘The weather cleared up later in the day and the sunset seemed to promise better things for the morrow.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘By the time we got down there the weather had cleared up a bit and the views looking down the valleys were fabulous.’
    • ‘If the weather clears up a little we might even go camping.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    lighten, become light, light up, break, clear up, become bright, become brighter, become lighter, become fine, become sunny
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    1. 2.1(of rain) stop.
      ‘the drizzle looked unlikely to clear up’
      • ‘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's cleared up; today's just grey but the air's wet.’
      • ‘The rain had cleared up, reduced to the slightest drizzle, and it was getting really dark.’
      • ‘I'm looking forward to some good, old fashioned, outdoor summer fun - that is, providing all this rain over here clears up.’
      • ‘The rain even cleared up by the time we got to the registry office which meant we could take photos outside.’
      • ‘And after three days of heavy rain, it cleared up minutes before the ceremony.’
      • ‘Yeah, unless it clears up but the rain is still coming down hard.’
      • ‘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 had cleared up, and all he could see were stars, stretching into unending vastness.’
      • ‘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.’