Definition of clearance in English:



  • 1The action or process of clearing or of being dispersed.

    ‘cleaning of the machine should include clearance of blockages’
    ‘there will be sunny intervals after clearance of any early mist’
    • ‘I patronize the clearance racks and the department store sales.’
    • ‘Factors that may limit the usefulness of tanks in clearance operations include the following.’
    • ‘This ability of the kidneys to get rid of excess water from the body is called ‘free water clearance.’’
    • ‘This clearance was mediated by both active and passive transport processes.’
    • ‘Take a brisk stroll through the mall and catch the holiday clearance sale.’
    • ‘The clearance interval is signalled to pedestrians by a flashing red signal, which is displayed using the same lantern and the same standing person symbol as the steady red prohibition signal.’
    • ‘She and I headed straight for the clearance rack, talking as we went.’
    • ‘If mucociliary clearance is impaired, colonization is followed by rapid replication and clinical infection.’
    • ‘However this clearance has not reduced the level of threat to civilian populations and relief agencies as it was aimed at facilitating the military advance.’
    • ‘When all pedestrians are agile and complete their crossing early in the clearance interval, vehicles can continue through the crossing without waiting for the green signal.’
    • ‘Other alternative airway clearance techniques may involve handheld devices to assist with mobilizing the secretions.’
    • ‘Future work will include repairs to rural roads and road bridges and clearance of debris from waterways.’
    • ‘This includes bridge building, mine clearance, water supply, bulk fuels, route maintenance and field defences.’
    • ‘And on a more everyday level, clearance rates - the percentage of crimes resolved by police - are up across the board.’
    • ‘The school gives training in both ship diving and clearance diving.’
    • ‘The other available demining strategies include clearance, destruction of stockpiles and the universalisation of the concept of the convention.’
    • ‘The navy clearance diving team will be home in late May.’
    destruction, knocking down, pulling down, tearing down, flattening, razing, levelling, bulldozing
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    1. 1.1The removal of buildings, people, or trees from land so as to free it for alternative uses.
      ‘slum clearance accelerated during the 1960s’
      [count noun] ‘forest clearances’
      • ‘They say the programme of tree felling and undergrowth clearance is being carried out at the wrong time of year, disturbing kingfishers, otters and bats.’
      • ‘‘We need government assistance to overcome forest theft and farm clearance as we can't do it alone,’ he urged.’
      • ‘The main threats now are the continuing effects of Dutch elm disease, clearance of mature trees and pollution from the spray drift of agrochemicals.’
      • ‘The argument that the phrase referred only to building operations of a constructional nature and not to operations consisting in demolitions or site clearance was rejected.’
      • ‘This encompasses securing the site perimeter, demolition and site clearance, flood defences, sheet piling, public riverside promenade and plaza.’
      • ‘It will become a criminal offence to carry out damaging works such as road building, tree clearance or pond drainage without the consent of English Nature.’
      • ‘In Greece, forest clearance and population increases led to severe soil erosion in the period 4000 to 3000 BC.’
      • ‘In this extensive process of clearance 40 graves were encountered and all of them opened.’
      • ‘Work started in spring of last year, with demolition, clearance and work to the new road lay-out.’
      • ‘She aids him in everything from land clearance to castle building.’
      • ‘The extensive sale of royal forests and land clearance for agriculture also had their effect on the oaks.’
      • ‘Two hundred years ago the roe deer was extinct in England and Wales, the victim of over-hunting and forest clearance.’
      • ‘Options include total demolition with redevelopment, total renovation or partial clearance and renovation.’
      • ‘From the 5th to the 12th centuries, agricultural land was created by forest clearance, or was reclaimed from marshland and the sea.’
      • ‘The rebuilding costs automatically include an allowance for full central heating costs, demolition and site clearance as well as architect and surveyor fees.’
      • ‘Traditional preferences together with modern equipment have resulted in the accelerated clearance of old growth forests.’
      • ‘The latest figures show the rate of forest clearance in the Amazon last year was the second highest on record.’
      • ‘Work on the site, including demolition and clearance, will begin towards the end of this month.’
      • ‘However, even in Amazonia, clearance is not a one-way process; for every 3 ha cleared, perhaps one is reclaimed by forest regeneration.’
      • ‘But juniper trees were cut down during land clearances and for fuel.’
      removal, clearing, clear-out, demolition
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    2. 1.2The removal of contents from a house.
      ‘the sheriff's officers supervised the house clearance’
      [count noun] ‘antiques wanted and clearances undertaken’
      • ‘The auctioneers turned what was essentially a house clearance into a must-go event.’
      • ‘It also has two vans which provide a furniture service and a shop which sells smaller items from house clearances to raise funds.’
      • ‘It bore no reference to where the dead men were from, but after some initial digging, he discovered it had come from a house clearance in Rawmarsh.’
      • ‘He found the card during a house clearance following the death of his mother.’
      • ‘He also runs a second hand shop and a house clearance business, and his next task is to raise £600,000 for a new running track.’
      • ‘But it was slightly puzzling that the album, believed to have been sold on through car boot sales and discarded during a house clearance, had been found in Liverpool, he added.’
      • ‘The house clearance store was at the far end of the corridor: a narrow shop front which opened into a warehouse piled high with old furniture.’
      • ‘The boss of a York house clearance firm has been left with a £1,200 hole in his pocket, after admitting that he failed to stop waste being dumped illegally.’
      • ‘You would think it rather hard to acquire old cigarette packets, but they turn up, quite surprisingly, in house clearances, when attics are sorted out, or when old shops are closed down and the cellars are emptied.’
      • ‘As a last resort we can call in a house clearance agent but, frankly, I'd rather give it away than do that.’
      • ‘He said the case had been found during a house clearance by another auctioneer, who passed it on to them to sell for a client.’
      • ‘At another, it looked like a house clearance had been done.’
      • ‘The staff give up their time free of charge and the charity raises money to run the workshop selling the ornaments left over from house clearances.’
      • ‘The item has been in the family of the unnamed Boltonian since an ancestor picked it up as part of a house clearance at the home of the deceased Forth Earl of Egremont in the 19th Century.’
      • ‘During a house clearance, a 1948 programme for a concert at Sheffield City Hall, signed by Prime Minister of the day, Anthony Eden, was found.’
      • ‘That was because the fishmonger did house clearances on a Monday and never had time to unload the odds and ends floating about in the back of the van.’
      • ‘The house clearance, which will be filmed for the television show, will be held between 1.30 pm and 5pm.’
      • ‘If anyone is selling one, or giving one away in a house clearance, could they either contact me or leave an advertisement in the front page classified column of the Times.’
      • ‘But they are hoping the house clearance sale will empty their home.’
      • ‘There must be one at one of those house clearance places, and it suddenly occurred to me that it was a slightly better storage solution than stacking my stuff behind a chair.’
      removal, clearing, clear-out, demolition
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    3. 1.3[count noun](in soccer and other sports) a kick or hit that sends the ball away from one's goal.
      ‘Nilsson made two goal line clearances to keep out Tottenham's attackers’
      • ‘There has also been talk of him leaving the club, but the Frenchman's worth was exemplified after 15 minutes with an extraordinary goal line clearance.’
      • ‘Their first real chance of the contest came after 22 minutes of play in the first half but they were stopped by a goal line clearance.’
      • ‘He dances through again and is denied only by a last-ditch goal-line clearance.’
      • ‘However, if luck had to be on their side they would have won by a least another five goals as the crossbar and goal line clearances saved the home side from a hammering.’
      • ‘But, two goalline clearances and some sensational saves ensured York stayed in sight.’
      • ‘Then they returned the compliment by charging down a goal line clearance to reduce the deficit to 31-21.’
      • ‘Around ten minutes into the second half, a testing series of corners was swung in underneath the cross bar requiring four goal line clearances in a frantic few minutes.’
      • ‘From a series of very well worked set plays St Mary's almost doubled their lead on four occasions only to be stopped by a series of goalline clearances.’
      • ‘The ball was slipped to a free player who should have made the most of the open goal but he made a supremely confident and composed clearance off the goal line.’
      • ‘They kept battling and could have equalised, but great goalkeeping and a goal-line clearance saw them hold out.’
      • ‘An early sliced clearance seemed to betray some attendant nerves.’
      • ‘He warns against carrying the ball across the face of the goal and urges all clearances that can't be made down-field to be directed to the sidelines.’
      • ‘For the next five minutes it was all Stretford and it was down to some goal line clearances and the post to keep the score at 1-1.’
      • ‘Soft, sloppy goals caused by panicky clearances and unfocused defending have blighted their play.’
      • ‘His run took him to the byline and his clearance only sent the ball running across the goalline.’
      • ‘A weak clearance fell to Rosser who blasted it low into the net.’
      • ‘But they then displayed the defensive lapses that have lost them so dearly this last month as a penalty and two goals from failed clearances cost them the match.’
      • ‘The striker's flick was instinctive and accurate enough to demand a goal-line clearance.’
      • ‘The only thing on the up for the hosts was their attempted clearance from defence.’
      • ‘City's third skipper of the current campaign capped an aggressive display with a number of fine clearances and his first goal of the season.’
    4. 1.4Billiards [count noun]The potting of all the balls remaining on the table in a single break.
      ‘a plant which let in Hendry for a clearance of 96’
      • ‘He then swept 4-2 ahead aided along the way by a 32 clearance and a break of 48.’
      • ‘A 117 clearance then put him a frame away from victory.’
      • ‘But he is unable to keep the break going, and Williams comes back, producing a clearance of 56 to take the early advantage.’
      • ‘He fought back from 8-5 down to draw level, including a superb 136 clearance in the 15th frame.’
      • ‘But when he completed a clearance of 142, worth £3,000 as the highest break of the tournament, it looked as if he would coast to victory.’
  • 2Official authorization for something to proceed or take place.

    ‘the aircraft hadn't got diplomatic clearance to land in Mexico’
    • ‘Diving here requires clearance from the Ministry of Defence.’
    • ‘Before doing any bike specific force work or high intensity intervals get clearance from your doctor.’
    • ‘At the time the deal was struck, it had yet to receive regulatory clearance from British competition authorities.’
    • ‘Other hurdles have to be got though, however, including clearance from the Mergers and Monopolies Commission, which is expected to deal with the issue fairly quickly.’
    • ‘If the project gets clearance from the authorities concerned, the matches could be held during December and January depending upon availability of players, the sources said.’
    • ‘Once clearance has been authorized, it is imperative to receive proper instruction from a certified exercise professional.’
    • ‘However, before going on any specific diet, please obtain clearance from your doctor.’
    • ‘Obtain clearance from your doctor if you've been inactive for six months or more; otherwise you can step right into this eight-week program.’
    • ‘The company obtained regulatory clearance for the merger from the US Federal Communications Commission last week.’
    • ‘You may first enter the building before entering the unit and your service provider may need special clearance to enter the building or complex.’
    • ‘The company is still going through the process of receiving environmental clearance from the Environmental Management Authority.’
    • ‘Our patents clearance process makes sure we are not infringing the patents of anybody else.’
    • ‘They were awaiting clearance from head office and also from a contractor.’
    • ‘A spokesperson for the Department of Agriculture said it only received clearance for grant aid in July and is processing 72 applications for the grant aid.’
    • ‘If you believe your husband is sincere in his permission, then you have a kind of moral clearance to proceed, if you choose to.’
    • ‘The clearance process has taken somewhat longer than it took to do the studies in the first place at this point.’
    • ‘Post-menopausal women were required to obtain medical clearance from their physicians to participate in the study.’
    • ‘Once the controlling officer gives the clearance, the candidate can commence the test at the computer.’
    • ‘However, this had been hindered through highly bureaucratic and costly processes of sample clearance.’
    • ‘Don't abandon your shelters until you're given clearance by the local authorities.’
    authorization, permission, consent, approval, seal of approval, blessing, acceptance, leave, sanction, licence, dispensation, assent, agreement, concurrence, endorsement, imprimatur
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    1. 2.1Official permission for someone to have access to classified information.
      ‘these people don't have clearance’
      • ‘We're going to be here for several hours and then we are going to have to provide security clearance that is acceptable to the FBI, whether we go back to the UK or on to Washington.’
      • ‘Students will get a passport and security clearance on the course, which will also offer them flights in the UK and to European destinations, along with a tour of a European airport.’
      • ‘Does her high security clearance prevent her from getting fired for not giving a whit about national security risks for which she's the responsible agent?’
      • ‘There are some say that he should at least lose his security clearance.’
      • ‘He agreed to surrender his security clearance and cooperate in the government's continuing investigation, the Justice Department said.’
      • ‘The lack of security checks on employees extends right to the highest levels of clearance, the report said.’
      • ‘He had the highest security clearance, which gave him access to extremely sensitive data.’
      • ‘She wondered if she could even be trusted with a top-secret security clearance.’
      • ‘And revealing it to someone without proper security clearance or without a need to know is not authorized and is a violation.’
      • ‘An intelligence analyst temporarily lost his top-secret security clearance because he faxed his resume using a commercial machine.’
      • ‘I'm afraid she doesn't have high enough security clearance for that.’
      • ‘The watchdog said too many people in Canada have the ability to issue passports, and some of those officials do not have adequate security clearance.’
      • ‘Given the nature of the question, it is difficult for those of us outside the intelligence community or without high level clearance to evaluate.’
      • ‘In other words, they've had access to all the secret documents and they were not asked for security clearance until now, which is on the eve of the trial.’
      • ‘Who would have ever thought he'd even get his security clearance back?’
      • ‘I managed to get some information with my security clearance before I went on the run.’
      • ‘I did not want any cloud of suspicion hanging over me, plus I had a high level clearance with the Department of Defense, and I needed my day in court.’
      • ‘For the other, it urged an official reprimand and review of his security clearance.’
      • ‘But the documents describing his security clearance could not lie.’
      • ‘Only people with classified security clearance were allowed to go inside the room.’
      authorization, permission, consent, approval, seal of approval, blessing, acceptance, leave, sanction, licence, dispensation, assent, agreement, concurrence, endorsement, imprimatur
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    2. 2.2Permission for an aircraft to take off or land at an airport.
      ‘he took off without air traffic clearance’
      • ‘She climbed up the ladder of the small craft and awaited clearance for takeoff.’
      • ‘If the airport is open and the tower gives the aircraft and the pilot clearance to land, then the pilot makes the decision whether or not he thinks it's safe.’
      • ‘I need clearance to land a Learjet 35A at any available airport.’
      • ‘The doomed plane was the last to be given clearance to take off before the airport was closed due to fog.’
      • ‘He was asking for permission to land and having gotten the necessary clearance he brought the ship in to one of the huge bays.’
      • ‘There was no further communication between the aircraft and ATC after the crew acknowledged receiving clearance for the approach.’
      • ‘Obtaining clearance from the local air traffic control, she eased off the tarmac into the air.’
      • ‘As I attempted to respond to the clearance confirmation, we had complete electrical failure!’
      • ‘There is no requirement for us to be close to the runway to receive a takeoff clearance.’
      • ‘The aircraft received clearance for take-off to Los Angeles at 7.45 am on Tuesday.’
      • ‘Even so, there's no guarantee of receiving a takeoff clearance.’
      • ‘Once the check is completed and everything is found to be acceptable, the crew will be given a clearance to the destination airport.’
      • ‘He had to get the Air Traffic Control clearance and he had to communicate it.’
      permission, consent, authorization, sanction, warrant, dispensation, concession, indulgence, approval, blessing, agreement, backing, assent, acceptance, confirmation, ratification, mandate, licence, acquiescence, concurrence, liberty, freedom
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    3. 2.3The clearing of a person or ship by customs.
      ‘when you arrive at the continental airport you will be required to obtain customs clearance’
      • ‘A widower, he wanted my help in getting entry clearance for his second wife, from Pakistan.’
      • ‘Neither had obtained prior entry clearance to the United Kingdom as required.’
      • ‘She was granted entry clearance on 11 th December, 1994.’
      • ‘The container has since arrived in Valparaiso where they are awaiting customs clearance.’
      • ‘How did these wretched vehicles get customs clearance to enter the Philippines?’
    4. 2.4[count noun]A certificate showing that customs clearance has been granted.
      • ‘Obviously, these clearances were granted in order to gain propaganda mileage for the elections.’
    5. 2.5The process of clearing cheques through a clearing house.
      • ‘For more than 11 days the six banks were excluded from the daily inter-bank clearance of cheques.’
      • ‘Without waiting for clearance of the cheques it issued the occupation certificate after which the trust stopped payment of the cheques.’
      • ‘Finally the banks are going to be forced to come clean and speed up cheque clearance.’
      • ‘While I was waiting for the last item to go through cheque clearance I put a paperback book up, just to try the market.’
      • ‘The divergence in the transactions covered under the umbrella of money transfer orders contrasts with the system built around cheques and their clearance through banking channels.’
      • ‘There are 8,000 banks across Europe, so it will be a number of years before the clearance systems can be fully integrated.’
      payment, discharge, defrayal, liquidation, settling, settling up, clearing, satisfaction
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  • 3Clear space allowed for a thing to move past or under another.

    ‘always give cyclists plenty of clearance’
    • ‘One is to gain clearance above trees, houses and other obstacles that create turbulence and reduce the power of the wind reaching the wind plant.’
    • ‘They should be perfectly lined up to allow the sash to have just enough clearance for free movement, but not too much.’
    • ‘Unique in this segment are 15-inch wheels as standard, for improved ground clearance.’
    • ‘Aren't there laws concerning boundary wall height, roof clearance, building from boundary distance?’
    • ‘Those 14 record entries are the most in history by a woman and included the first ever clearance of 6 feet.’
    • ‘And give your trees the same wide clearance - stay well beyond the driplines.’
    • ‘The tunnel has been dogged by controversy over its clearance height, which is lower than the NRA's standard motorway bridge of 5.3 metres.’
    • ‘In all the designs we examined this time, the maximum clearance for riverborne traffic under the bridge would be around 4.5 metres.’
    • ‘Depending on the irregularity of the terrain, the operator can adjust both the ground clearance of the machine and height of each step.’
    • ‘The wire rings add just enough space to create enough clearance between the boards, while still allowing us to put 16 boards in the lunchbox.’
    • ‘Rear seat passengers have a decent amount of room for a car of this class, with lots of head clearance and no need to be squashed against the backs of the front seats.’
    • ‘The machines can be grouped side by side with zero clearance between machines to make the best use of limited floorspace.’
    • ‘Ground clearance is 205 mm and special features include a newly designed rear tailgate, a dash-mounted handbrake and a CD player as standard.’
    • ‘For street trees the minimum clearance is often specified by municipal ordinance.’
    • ‘We quickly stopped the aircraft, with clearance from an approaching obstacle but not much mental comfort.’
    • ‘The smooth curvature allows plenty of cornering clearance.’
    • ‘He watches for prop clearance and ensures the aircraft doesn't tilt while fuel is pumped into special bladders.’
    • ‘The crew chief for the parked aircraft was also observing the wingtip clearance and continued to signal to the marshaller that all was clear, giving a thumbs-up.’
    • ‘Times have changed and we've also got traffic flow to consider so there had to be enough clearance underneath for cars to pass safely.’
    • ‘They're raised with enough clearance so the penguins can waddle under them on the way to their burrows.’
    space, gap, room, room to spare, headroom, margin, leeway, allowance, separation, clearing
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