One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1with object To free from obscurity; to make clear or apparent; to brighten or clear (the face, expression, etc.); to illuminate (the mind or understanding). Also occasionally refl.: to become clear.
2no object To become clear; to brighten; (of the sun, sky, etc.) to become free from clouds.
Late 16th century; earliest use found in Henry Constable (1562–1613), polemicist and poet. From un- + cloud.
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