One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Make (a statement or situation) less confused and more clearly comprehensible.‘the report managed to clarify the government's position’
make clear, shed light on, throw light on, elucidate, illuminate, make plain, make simple, simplifyView synonyms
- ‘I occasionally had to ask him to either repeat himself or clarify his comments.’
- ‘Could you please clarify which of these days it is?’
- ‘Further careful epidemiological research is needed to clarify who benefits most from such treatment.’
- ‘A further consultation was required to clarify the situation and restore trust.’
- ‘A statement clarifying the situation is expected to be issued today.’
- ‘What I have sought to do is clarify the role of the Advisory Council.’
- ‘We have now clarified that there was a typo in the press release.’
- ‘I hope that clarifies the situation for members.’
- ‘But the rules changed several times, and he did not clarify which set he relied on.’
- ‘These letters raise fundamental political issues that need to be discussed and clarified.’
- ‘Now the calls for the President to clarify the matter have begun to grow.’
- ‘To clarify how this can work, let's briefly look at an example.’
- ‘There are some important issues that need to be clarified at the outset.’
- ‘And I want to quickly clarify two things I've just heard.’
- ‘The bill also clarifies the position for employees who are sick or bereaved on a public holiday.’
- ‘She was not available for comment, or to clarify the exact circumstances surrounding the case.’
- ‘Would someone in the Government clarify who is at fault and who is not?’
- ‘Further investigation would be required to more fully clarify this matter.’
- ‘A further amendment clarifies when public records need to be created.’
- ‘The bill also clarifies the relationship between archives legislation and the Official Information Act.’
2often as adjective clarifiedMelt (butter) in order to separate out the impurities.
purify, refineView synonyms
- ‘Clarifying butter removes the water and milk solids, leaving pure butterfat.’
- ‘Ghee, which is clarified butter, is another commonly used recipe item and is often used for frying.’
- ‘The cooked and clarified butter is then spooned off to avoid disturbing the milk solids on the bottom of the pan.’
Middle English (in the senses ‘set forth clearly’ and ‘make pure and clean’): from Old French clarifier, from late Latin clarificare, from Latin clarus ‘clear’.
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