Definition of clear in English:

clear

adjective

  • 1Easy to perceive, understand, or interpret.

    ‘clear and precise directions’
    ‘her handwriting was clear’
    ‘am I making myself clear?’
    ‘the voice on the telephone was clear and strong’
    • ‘Alan is very quiet and contained and clear when he's directing, and there's nothing you want more than that.’
    • ‘Oddly, it was easier to have a clear conversation with someone in the Northampton area than someone in the office next door.’
    • ‘It is that particular focus, with his easy and clear style of writing, that makes this volume so helpful.’
    • ‘The music is crystal clear without any hiss or distortion in the mix.’
    • ‘She had a strong clear voice that you would think could only come from a woman twice her age.’
    • ‘The book also suggests ways of taking on this problem in a clear and direct manner that can be grasped easily by any reader.’
    • ‘I found the setup guide on the website extremely clear and easy to follow, so haven't tried to replicate it here.’
    • ‘The audio is quite good for a mono track, with dialogue clear and easy to understand.’
    • ‘I have made this point abundantly clear on more than one occasion.’
    • ‘I hope I am making myself clear, because you bring up a good point with this, for me.’
    • ‘Instruments are clear and easy to read and the single CD sound system was excellent.’
    • ‘There has been extensive market research and field trials of various sample maps to ensure that the new maps are clear and easy to read.’
    • ‘It is raw, natural, with a distinct style, yet the underlying melody comes out strong and clear.’
    • ‘With the audio, all you can say is that it's clear and you can understand what is being said.’
    • ‘Can anyone suggest a good, clear, easy beginner's book to the Kabbalah?’
    • ‘Suddenly, from somewhere within the motel, a bell rang out clear and strong.’
    • ‘The route planner and mapfinder are separate, but the site is clear and easy to use.’
    • ‘The display is crisp and clear and is easy to read - just how it should be.’
    • ‘The switchgear has a quality feel and is well laid out, whilst the dials are clear and easy to read.’
    • ‘The implications of the refusal of the hand are clear and yet beautifully understated.’
    understandable, comprehensible, intelligible, easy to understand, plain, direct, uncomplicated, explicit, lucid, perspicuous, coherent, logical, distinct, simple, straightforward, clearly expressed, unambiguous, clear-cut, crystal clear, accessible, user-friendly
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    1. 1.1 Leaving no doubt; obvious or unambiguous.
      ‘it was clear that they were in a trap’
      ‘a clear case of poisoning’
      • ‘The rules provide a fairly clear indication of what past practice was.’
      • ‘However it makes it clear there is a strong argument in favour of the system, and Britain had a duty to explore them.’
      • ‘I was not with her in Greece but the press reports of her remarks seem abundantly clear.’
      • ‘If the training courses had to be gazetted, then there would be a clear and an easy track for someone to follow.’
      • ‘That is clear from the Directive, the Act and the regulations in the Code.’
      • ‘In this situation, it is not clear how to interpret the results of the above tests.’
      • ‘It was clear to me he understood what assets he had and what he wanted to do with them.’
      • ‘There is clear evidence of a strong vested interest in peace among all sections of Naga peoples.’
      • ‘This has been interpreted as a clear steer for councils to consider congestion charging.’
      • ‘In doing so he became the first to propose a method of exhaustion although it is not entirely clear how well he understood his own proposal.’
      • ‘But the evidence that the family was blighted already seemed abundantly clear.’
      • ‘Both images are clouded with a lack of clear understanding about their subject.’
      • ‘There are, however, problems that impede a clear interpretation of the data.’
      • ‘What is clear is that both understandings are relevant to the development of international systems.’
      • ‘I do not think it is at all easy to be clear as to whether those mistakes were so inappropriate that they need to be matters of discipline.’
      • ‘They take some things to be true and others to be false, yet they have no clear understanding as to why they do so.’
      • ‘The budget document makes this clear to anyone who understands what is going on and it does so with refreshing clarity.’
      • ‘If a relationship is strong, a clear patterning to the variables will be evident.’
      • ‘The combined entity should also have a clear majority of independent directors.’
      • ‘A clear and coherent understanding of our national past is an essential building block for the future.’
      obvious, evident, plain, apparent, crystal clear, as clear as crystal, transparent
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    2. 1.2 Having or feeling no doubt or confusion.
      ‘every student must be clear about what is expected’
      • ‘Don't rush off to the media without a clear idea of what you want to accomplish.’
      • ‘Its editor has a clear idea of why things took off.’
      • ‘The device of the gathering for a family portrait gives the audience a clear idea of who's who.’
      • ‘At the time he struck me as a very enthusiastic young man with a clear idea of what he wanted to do.’
      • ‘It is important for us to get a clear idea of the way in which members approach their tasks.’
      • ‘More to the point, the great adventuresses of French fiction usually had a clear idea of what they were up to.’
      • ‘I learned that one ought to try to have a clear idea of where you're wanting to go.’
      • ‘Therefore parents need to inform their young daughters and sons to be clear around the idea of consent.’
      • ‘This checklist would give the student a clear idea of what to look for when choosing a creative-writing course.’
      • ‘I've followed everything all the parties have said, and now have a clear idea of the major differences.’
      • ‘They have no clear idea, or simply do not think about, the complicated process of making it.’
      • ‘At least everyone is clear on what an exclamation mark is for, even if they overuse it.’
      • ‘Dostoevsky appears not to have had a clear idea of how to proceed.’
      • ‘I didn't have any clear ideas as to what I was going to do with it, or even for how long I would stick at it before getting bored.’
      • ‘I was then in my late twenties, and had a fairly clear idea of what I was doing.’
      • ‘That outing has given him a clear idea about how the Olympic boxing contests would be.’
      • ‘Let's get a clear idea what we want it to look like when it's done.’
      • ‘My mind is perfectly clear on one point.’
      • ‘That is not to say that Campbell and his team do not have clear ideas about what exactly they want for the firm and what clients expect of them.’
      • ‘Did you have a clear idea about how long it would take to impose your ideas on the team?’
  • 2(of a substance) transparent; unclouded.

    ‘the clear glass of the French windows’
    ‘a stream of clear water’
    • ‘The holder, bought in Italy, is clear plastic and fractionally larger than the card.’
    • ‘Some individuals are able to get a similar result by coating nails with clear polish.’
    • ‘The doc recommended that we keep him off solid foods and on clear fluids for at least 24 hours.’
    • ‘A light, clear soup is a great appetiser, and sipping fizzy drinks makes it easier to prolong a meal.’
    • ‘While many of the beaches are black with volcanic mud, others are coral, with very clear water.’
    • ‘Place the tray over a heating pad and cover it with a piece of glass or clear plastic.’
    • ‘Try that, he says, thrusting a glass brimming with clear liquid in my direction.’
    • ‘Mix a teaspoon of clear honey with one drop of rose water and apply to the lips before bed.’
    • ‘Chemists then adjust the mixture, so as to maintain compatibility with the clear glass.’
    • ‘A little water spilled over the blue top, speckling the darkly varnished wood with clear droplets of water.’
    • ‘The water was clear as the air and the wildflowers looked as if they had never been touched.’
    • ‘Remove from heat, stir in one teaspoon of clear honey and pour the mixture into a ceramic bowl.’
    • ‘The tea must be brewed in a teapot, preferably made of glass so that a glimpse of the clear amber liquid adds to the delight.’
    • ‘It was a perfect Swedish June, with the sun striking buttery lights off still clear water.’
    • ‘It was the same guy from the couch, holding a glass of clear liquid and looking concerned.’
    • ‘As she put the roses into clear water, she knew with out a shadow of a doubt that she was loved.’
    • ‘He pauses to pour ice water into a clear glass tumbler, and drinks from it heartily.’
    • ‘People are encouraged to begin to drink and eat as soon as they feel ready, starting with clear fluids such as water or apple juice.’
    • ‘Wash the mushrooms under clear water, dry on a towel, and cut the large ones in smaller pieces.’
    • ‘It was a gorgeous bowl of strawberries in a beautiful, gleaming clear glass bowl.’
    transparent, limpid, pellucid, translucent, crystalline, crystal clear, glassy, glass-like
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    1. 2.1 Free of cloud, mist, or rain.
      ‘the day was fine and clear’
      • ‘There was a brisk breeze coming in across the North Sea but clear skies and bright sunshine made it pleasant even so.’
      • ‘Mars is whizzing by, the skies are clear - and I can't get my telescope to work!’
      • ‘You need a clear sky, with just enough cloud to tease some of the more dramatic colours out of the sunbeams.’
      • ‘We of course wanted clear skies or our efforts would be thwarted but the morning had been very overcast and we were not hopeful.’
      • ‘I was delighted and relieved that the weather was clear and the cloud base was high, so she could see for herself how lovely it is.’
      • ‘The sky was perfectly clear; the moon, a strip of curved ribbon, gleamed brightly.’
      • ‘Peering into an evening sky, clear of clouds, is one of life's more rewarding moments.’
      • ‘We join overnight guests in the outdoor pool where we look for meteors in the crystal clear, star-studded sky.’
      • ‘These are occasions that stand out on the Irish sporting calendar, like stars in a clear sky.’
      • ‘It was a clear night and there isn't anything behind the tree upon which a shadow could be cast.’
      • ‘They all looked up and saw the dark clouds were disappearing towards the west and the sky was clear.’
      • ‘The sky was clear and dazzling, and there was not even a cloud in the sky to warn him of dreary days.’
      • ‘Here in the UK we wait all year for a decent day of weather and then complain about it within the first few minutes of clear sky.’
      • ‘I was lucky it turned out to be a clear night and no rain would get in the way of my plan.’
      • ‘The afternoon is warm though the sky is not entirely clear.’
      • ‘Much as I delight in really dramatic sunsets, there's a special, quiet joy to be had when the sky is clear of clouds.’
      • ‘Her eyes were greeted by a clear sky, save for a few thin puffs of clouds here and there.’
      • ‘It was a clear night, no clouds to release any surprise showers, just stars dotting the navy sky like diamonds.’
      • ‘The view from the window may not be as clear and free of cloud as we would wish.’
      • ‘It was three o'clock in the afternoon and the sun was baking down from a clear sky.’
      bright, cloudless, unclouded, without a cloud in the sky, fair, fine, light, undimmed
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    2. 2.2 (of a person's skin) free from blemishes.
      • ‘He had clear olive skin, short brown hair and the most intense brown eyes she had ever seen.’
      • ‘The face is large and full, the complexion pale and often not very clear, being subject to skin disorders.’
      • ‘His skin was white and wonderfully clear.’
      • ‘He was doing far worse than the last time I saw him when his skin was almost clear.’
      • ‘Her skin used to be clear, but now it was blotchy and there were still a few nasty bruises on her bony legs.’
      unblemished, spot-free
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    3. 2.3 (of a person's eyes) unclouded; shining.
      ‘I looked into her clear gray eyes’
      • ‘However, the eyes were clear, clean even, and there was the beginnings of a smile to be seen.’
      • ‘She looked at him with her huge clear eyes and he felt like someone had punched him.’
      • ‘His eyes were clear and he looked to be in less pain then he had for quite some time.’
      • ‘He had clear gray eyes and a quaintly wide mouth that made him look kind of like a duck in a cute way.’
      • ‘The girl child had merry, clear eyes and long golden hair that strayed free.’
      • ‘He knew this would be the last time he looked so closely into her clear eyes.’
      • ‘My eyes are clear, but I can see no color in the new pair of glasses.’
      • ‘He stood upright, his back as straight as a child's, and his eyes were clear and grey.’
      • ‘He had dark spiky hair and clear eyes that he couldn't decide were green or blue.’
      • ‘The child's eyes were clear and after a moment began to actively explore the clinic.’
      • ‘He was smaller, younger than the others, but he had big, blue, clear eyes.’
      • ‘She was forty, with long black hair that had a few gray strands in it and clear eyes.’
      • ‘Ryan's eyes were clear, large and blue, two saucers in a freckled face.’
      • ‘The urge to console her, hold her until her eyes were clear came strong in that instant.’
      • ‘He had wavy brown hair and clear gray eyes, as well as a strong, towering build and a flawless smile.’
      • ‘Her eyes were clear now, no longer clouded by the effects of nicotine and hard liquor.’
      • ‘Her eyes are clear and bright and there's no trace of pain or anguish on her pixie face.’
      • ‘Her face and hair were covered with blood and dirt, but her apple eyes were clear and sharp.’
      • ‘He was leaning in front of her, hands between her head, without even a smile on his voice, but his eyes were clear, focused.’
      • ‘The fiery orange eyes were perfectly clear and glinted as he opened them.’
    4. 2.4 (of a color) pure and intense.
      ‘clear blue delphiniums’
      • ‘The sky was a crisp, clear blue and the trees were every shade of yellow, orange and red.’
      • ‘Everything was a forest green or a clear blue, with patches of sunlight here and there.’
      • ‘Utterly relaxed, she was lying clean and pure in a pool of warm, clear blue, naked and bathed in light.’
      • ‘Behind them, a lady with one green eye and the other a clear blue was selling marionettes.’
      • ‘It should come out a clear dark amber colour and have a lovely flavour.’
      • ‘It's a silvery world of mauves, soft greens and occasional outbursts of clear colour.’
      • ‘To my astonishment, it was no longer a clear blue, but had turned to a hazel sort of green.’
      • ‘The colour is clear and some inclusions of biotite and melt are present.’
      • ‘On the left side of his chest there were clear blue bruises and also on his abdomen.’
      • ‘It could be produced in many bright, clear colours, and had long life and durability.’
      • ‘Beauty is generally perceived as a good clear colour and transparency, as shown by fine emeralds or rubies.’
      • ‘Broth in an uninoculated tube was clear blue and without a pellicle or precipitate.’
      • ‘It bulldozed through those boundaries and broke into clear blue space.’
      • ‘Colours are clear and bold and the technique is smooth and glossy.’
      • ‘In winter, the colour changes to a clear white, broken only by a black tip on the tail.’
      • ‘His eyes were still that same clear blue, and they were certain that there was a smile on his face.’
      • ‘The pupils were black, and surrounding them was a ring of clear blue.’
      • ‘They were the clear blue color she so clearly recalled, the same color of river her mother's had been.’
      • ‘Our first port of call was a small clear blue pool at the bottom of the stairs.’
      • ‘I could see the clock at the other side of the room and all the colours were so clear.’
    5. 2.5archaic (of a fire) burning with little smoke.
      ‘a bright, clear flame’
      • ‘As it heated he held his hands close to the clear flame, worked his knuckles loose.’
  • 3Free of any obstructions or unwanted objects.

    ‘with a clear road ahead he shifted into high gear’
    ‘I had a clear view in both directions’
    ‘his desktop was almost clear’
    • ‘By Friday afternoon, the shrine appeared empty, clear of the visitors and the militants.’
    • ‘We ask all parents to keep the gateway clear at school times.’
    • ‘In heavy rain, the fastest speed of the windscreen wipers is inadequate to keep the view ahead clear.’
    • ‘All aspects of the dialogue, effects and music are free and clear of any distortion.’
    • ‘It meant the rallying duo would have a clear road ahead of them at the start of second day.’
    • ‘But even inside the exclusion zone, the middle of the road was quite clear of snow.’
    • ‘In a car sit in the front seat if possible so you can get a clear view of the road.’
    • ‘When the road ahead is clear, it smoothly accelerates to the speed originally set by the driver.’
    • ‘Directional effects are utilized in multiple scenes while the dialogue is all clear of any excessive hiss or distortion.’
    • ‘You can check if a car is clear of any outstanding finance deals by contacting companies that research the car's history for you.’
    • ‘One lane was soon opened and the road was clear by the afternoon.’
    • ‘All aspects of the soundtrack are free and clear of any excessive noise or distortion.’
    • ‘I was driving and waited until the road ahead was clear before attempting to overtake.’
    • ‘I enjoy keeping the garden clear of old raspberry canes, intrusive crab grass, and debris.’
    • ‘My wardrobes are clear of posters and postcards and the fixture list is now binned.’
    • ‘The small amount of sail left a clear view ahead, so he came back and joined her when he had fastened the ropes to his satisfaction.’
    • ‘It would also serve the purpose of keeping the river clear of weeds and watercress.’
    unobstructed, unblocked, passable, unimpeded, open, empty, free, unlimited, unrestricted, unhindered
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    1. 3.1 (of a period of time) free of any appointments or commitments.
      ‘the following Saturday, Mattie had a clear day’
      • ‘Chose a clear day to mend a broken fence covered in a climber, as it will be a time-consuming job to untie and untangle the plant.’
    2. 3.2predicative (of a person) free of something undesirable or unpleasant.
      ‘after 18 months of treatment he was clear of TB’
      • ‘Both were later found to be clear of the disease and it is understood that they're attending lessons as usual.’
      • ‘But now - just before her eighth birthday - a scan has shown she is clear of the disease.’
      • ‘She said he was now clear of heroin and planned to resume his work when he was released from jail.’
      • ‘Her career was back on the up again when she was welcomed back into the fold this summer, and it looked as though she was clear of problems.’
      • ‘Sadly, after believing he was clear of the cancer, it has returned and has now moved to his liver.’
      • ‘A fund was set up in her name, and she is now clear of leukemia and back in Baghdad with her family.’
      • ‘The musician believes he is clear of the disease following treatment at London's Royal Marsden Hospital.’
      • ‘She continued to go for yearly check-ups and was told she was clear.’
      • ‘He began to improve within days, and as far as the doctors can tell, he is now clear of the cancer.’
      • ‘Chris is a naturally fit guy, and as soon as he was clear of injury he was ready to come back into the team.’
      free, devoid, empty, vacant, void
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    3. 3.3 (of a person's mind) free of anything that impairs logical thought.
      ‘in the morning, with a clear head, she would tackle all her problems’
      • ‘Until Monday, I'll leave my opinions to the side and watch it with a clear mind to see how things turn out.’
      • ‘An empty desk, a clear mind and a burst of determination ought not to be wasted.’
      • ‘I trust the Scottish Football Association, who already have a clear mind about this.’
      • ‘Such activities are vital to ensure he can face the challenges of his work with a clear mind.’
      • ‘We'll need clear minds tomorrow and for the rest of the four weeks.’
      • ‘Plus, now that you have been scattered into a vapor, you no longer have a clear mind.’
      • ‘I aim to go to sleep with a clear mind, the conflicts of the day resolved and my soul reconciled.’
      • ‘Thank you for providing a place safe from all the media frenzy to look at the current situation with a clear mind.’
      • ‘His mind was clear to the end and his suffering must have been extreme for him to make the request he did.’
      • ‘There were quite a few things that she needed to worry about now that she had a clear mind.’
      • ‘She returned to the golden light with a clear mind and told herself to wake up.’
      • ‘He wanted me to clean my bad thoughts away, so my mind was clear.’
      • ‘Some claim that he refused treatment of this and other pain killers so that, despite his pain, his mind was clear for his music.’
      • ‘I think I can face up to my confessor with a clear mind that I have done good deeds in this world.’
      • ‘He is a writer with a clear mind and a vigorous style, who knows a great deal and how to express it.’
      • ‘When you have had a hard time, your experience will help you teach with a clear mind.’
      • ‘The void is full of potential, just like a clear mind free of eccentricities, prejudices and egos.’
      • ‘My mind was clear and the only words flowing were the words my younger sister had just said.’
      • ‘You have got to have a clear mind to play this game and my mind's just not there at the moment.’
      • ‘And once the decision had been made, his mind was clear and he was free to play the way he knew he could.’
      logical, rational, well thought out, lucid, coherent, cogent, systematic, methodical, organized, well organized, well expressed, well presented, considered, sensible, intelligent
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    4. 3.4 (of a person's conscience) free of guilt.
      • ‘He was trying to convince himself that he had not cheated, which showed he didn't have a clear conscience.’
      • ‘Earlier in the week she had appeared before MPs to say she did not intend to resign because she had a clear conscience.’
      • ‘Anyway, I was glad to help and can now return to California with a clear conscience.’
      • ‘He said he will put the story right in time and he has a clear conscience.’
      • ‘For our part we have a clear conscience, as we will not accept donations from such companies.’
      • ‘Of course this could just be my tortured logic enabling me to vote for him with a clear conscience…’
      • ‘The answer is now less impressive, but it can be given with certainty and with a clear conscience.’
      • ‘When I went to prison I had a clear conscience and when I got out I had a clear conscience.’
      • ‘He angrily denied the claims, saying his conscience was clear.’
      • ‘These facts he could deliver with a clear conscience and a straight face, and he did.’
      • ‘My conscience is clear and I wish to help the inquiry in any way that I can.’
      • ‘Only then can we carry out the third and final step with a clear conscience.’
      • ‘Politics, in many ways, does not delight in a clear conscience and clean hands.’
      • ‘He's proved his point long ago and could pack it in tomorrow if he wanted with a clear conscience.’
      • ‘I would like to remind the Cabinet Ministers that a clear conscience is a soft pillow.’
      • ‘When it came, she was armed with tissues and a clear conscience for what she knew had to be done.’
      • ‘If I woke up some morning and said it was not for me, I'd have an absolutely clear conscience.’
      • ‘My conscience is clear as I know we gave her the best we could with what we had available to us.’
      • ‘My conscience is clear and if I had to make the same decisions again, I would.’
      • ‘My conscience is clear, but I now dread having anything to do with reporting anything to the authorities.’
      untroubled, undisturbed, unworried, unperturbed, unconcerned, unbothered, with no qualms
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  • 4clear ofpredicative Not touching; away from.

    ‘the truck was wedged in the ditch, one wheel clear of the ground’
    • ‘His grateful passengers disembark and head for their cars, parked on either side of the road clear of the water.’
  • 5attributive (of a sum of money) net.

    ‘a clear profit of $1,100’
    after taxes, after deductions, take-home, final
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  • 6Phonetics
    Denoting a palatalized form of l (as in salad or willing) in some southern US accents or as in leaf in Irish accents.

    Often contrasted with dark

adverb

  • 1So as to be out of the way of or away from.

    ‘he leapt clear of the car’
    ‘stand clear, I'll start the plane up’
    • ‘After an experience like that, I warned all my friends to steer well clear of diving out of aeroplanes.’
    • ‘Her body was thrown clear of the single-decker bus as it rounded a corner.’
    • ‘If there's something absolutely petty going on, just stay clear of it and get out of the way, because it just boils up.’
    • ‘Stay well clear of them as they are all blood sucking parasites.’
    • ‘Our warning system was non-existent, so everybody tried to stay clear of the field.’
    • ‘He says the girls were on grass beyond the footpath, and well clear of the roadway.’
    • ‘From the start the pace was on with four competitors breaking clear of the pack and setting a blistering pace.’
    • ‘The older woman was thrown clear of the vehicle and received only minor injuries.’
    • ‘Directional control was maintained and the aircraft was taxied clear of the runway.’
    • ‘It was clear the Italian couple and Russians were aghast but keeping clear of interfering.’
    • ‘It went down and I worked it around the stern, keeping the line clear of the lower unit.’
    • ‘After landing, we taxied clear of the runway and immediately shut down the aircraft.’
    • ‘The best that a win can do for them is help them steer clear of the relegation zone.’
    • ‘He held his nerve as the roars of the crowd echoed in his ears and silky footwork took him clear of desperate tackles.’
    • ‘When she was clear of the car, she turned and dashed into the hedge of the neighbor's yard.’
    • ‘But the palace, ever the wiser, is steering clear of the controversy.’
    • ‘That allows you to consistently run at your peak, to consistently run the fast times, to stay clear of your pursuers.’
    • ‘Always keep your fingers well clear of their claws.’
    • ‘For, he told his fans to stay clear of supporting issues that had political overtones.’
    • ‘Native birds, he said, were not at risk because they stayed clear of the starling horde.’
    away from, apart from, beyond, at a distance from, at a safe distance from, out of contact with
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    1. 1.1 So as not to be obstructed or cluttered.
      ‘the floor had been swept clear of litter’
  • 2Completely.

    ‘he had time to get clear away’
    • ‘John glared back at him, tempted to shove him clear off the railing.’
    • ‘He stepped forward and embraced his son, lifting him clear off the ground.’
    completely, entirely, thoroughly, fully, wholly, totally, utterly, quite, altogether
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    1. 2.1clear toNorth American All the way to.
      ‘you could see clear to the bottom of the lagoon’

verb

  • 1with object Remove an obstruction or unwanted item or items from.

    ‘the drive had been cleared of snow’
    ‘Carolyn cleared the table and washed up’
    • ‘I was curious about the huge chunks of snow on the sides of the road, but then realised that it was because snow graders had come along earlier and cleared the road of snow.’
    • ‘The cobwebs were finally cleared out of his head and his alertness had returned.’
    • ‘Venting worked and smoke has been cleared from his lungs.’
    • ‘The crop stack would then be cleared of any rodents.’
    • ‘He sat down at the dirty table, clearing a space to set his arms.’
    • ‘When the table was finally cleared away, we brought the plates to the kitchen and started to wash them.’
    • ‘The ship's dining room has been cleared of the tables and the last dance has just finished.’
    • ‘Back when every farm dugout was cleared of snow by mid-December and hand-me-down skates were laced up over hand-me-down boots.’
    • ‘Purification is about clearing the path to our destination so we're free to enjoy the sights along our journey.’
    • ‘It was mid-morning by the time the snow plough had cleared a path down the lane.’
    • ‘Angioplasty is a popular procedure for clearing clogged arteries and veins, but it can also be risky.’
    • ‘It took me a few minutes to clear it from my laundry and shake it free from my finger tips.’
    • ‘It has been cleared of rats and other introduced predators.’
    • ‘Credit must go to the ground staff and the club's trainees and youth coaching staff who on Saturday cleared the pitch of snow to ensure the game was able to go ahead.’
    • ‘Her mother gave her a smile as she began clearing the table of dirty plates.’
    • ‘Tables were cleared promptly which is usually a good sign.’
    • ‘Whatever the weather, Cumbria County Council is bound by law to send the snow plough out to clear the highways.’
    • ‘This island was named by Captain Cook and has been cleared of rats and vermin so as to be used as a bird sanctuary.’
    • ‘He coughed a few times, clearing his liquid filled throat.’
    • ‘Bulldozers have cleared debris from some of the city's main arteries.’
    empty, void
    unblock, unclog, unstop
    remove, take away, carry away, move, shift, tidy away, tidy up
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    1. 1.1with object Free (land) for cultivation or building by removing vegetation or existing structures.
      ‘the embankment was cleared for a new section of line’
      • ‘Woodland grew back on land which had been cleared.’
      • ‘These early families set to work clearing the land, building shelters, and planting crops.’
      • ‘There are many very nice large festivals that have private land that has been cleared and is beautiful for camping.’
      • ‘One option could be to follow the North-East and give unwanted blocks of flats away for a few pounds to private buyers who could pay for the land to be cleared and redeveloped.’
      • ‘The planters contributed their share to the problem by clearing their forested family lands to grow coffee.’
      • ‘Once the land has been cleared, the paid thugs are amazed to discover that the new owners are their military patrons - and that they are still poor.’
      • ‘Thoreau realized that the land had been cleared about 15 years previous to him moving there, and there were still a lot of stumps stuck in the ground.’
      • ‘The fossils were uncovered when land was being cleared for an olive orchard.’
      • ‘In the Alpine regions, south-facing mountain slopes have been cleared for pasture land and crops.’
      • ‘At the same time, shrublands and forests began to be cleared and converted to dry farming.’
      • ‘Two-hundred and sixty million acres of US forestland have been cleared for crop land to produce the meat-centered diet.’
      • ‘The farmers cleared the land, cultivated rye and flax, and raised cattle, sheep, pigs, and poultry.’
      • ‘More vegetation has been cleared in Victoria than any other part of Australia, with over 60 percent of its natural vegetation gone.’
      • ‘Before they could start farming the land had to be cleared which was a back breaking job with the primitive equipment in use at that time.’
      • ‘The lithic finds, many of which are arrow heads, date back to the days of the forest, before the low-lying coastal lands were cleared and cultivated.’
      • ‘The council first received a complaint in January that vegetation was being cleared at the property.’
      • ‘There is concern though that some of the land has been poorly cleared and is now turning back into scrub.’
      • ‘Then the land had to be cleared, and extra help engaged all while the wives were ‘fretful and homesick’.’
      • ‘Elsewhere, land was cleared and sold for new housing and office developments.’
      • ‘Land had to be cleared, vegetables put in, crops sown.’
    2. 1.2with object Cause people to leave (a building or place)
      ‘the wardens shouted a warning and cleared the streets’
      • ‘We thought that they would take our warning seriously and clear the building.’
      • ‘Knowing the gas inside the cylinders had overheated, firefighters had no choice but to order roads and homes to be cleared within a 200m radius of the site.’
      • ‘Ideally a building should be cleared from the top downwards.’
      • ‘The crowd left shortly after police cleared the building, heading home with sleeping bags and supplies they brought to convert the building into a place for people to live.’
      • ‘After half an hour or so, they removed the hazard, and cleared the scene, allowing us to go back to work.’
      • ‘Beggars will be cleared from city centre streets and fined or imprisoned under police plans to tackle aggressive behaviour and improve Scotland's image.’
      • ‘A campaign to clear York streets of beggars has got off to a promising start, according to those running it.’
      • ‘The incident caused congestion on surrounding roads as police cleared the area.’
      • ‘By 6pm, riot police had begun to clear the city centre, forcing the crowds out towards Westgate.’
      • ‘They have assisted in clearing buildings and homes, because it's a manpower-intensive battle in the urban terrain.’
      • ‘They continued down Cedar Lane, having cleared the last populated places.’
      • ‘The streets below were quickly cleared by police.’
      • ‘We went through all of the building and cleared all of the rooms.’
      • ‘Forty staff from Westminster then helped workers from the Royal Parks to clear the Mall and neighbouring parks.’
      evacuate, empty, make empty, make vacant
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    3. 1.3no object Gradually go away or disappear.
      ‘the fever clears in two to four weeks’
      ‘the mist had cleared away’
      • ‘It had stopped raining and clouds had cleared showing the sky's spectacular show of sparkling lights.’
      • ‘The television fizzed for a second and the distortion began to clear.’
      • ‘Now that the dust has cleared I should begin by thanking you all for your words of support and encouragement last week.’
      • ‘The smoke cleared to reveal the floor covered with black and dark green snakes of all lengths and speeds.’
      • ‘The rain would partially clear on Saturday when the cold front causing it moved away to the interior.’
      • ‘The dry season is finally here, and after six months the rain and humidity have disappeared and the clouds have cleared.’
      • ‘He saw the clouds had cleared from the sky and the sun was shining.’
      • ‘Stand by your brand in slow times, and watch it grow when the storm clears.’
      • ‘The rain had stopped and the clouds had cleared for the most part.’
      • ‘After the earlier downpours, the rain clouds cleared and the sun arrived just in time for Saturday's colourful street procession.’
      • ‘The rain had cleared, a rainbow was high above amongst the clouds, a fluffy white only a hint of dull grey round the edges.’
      • ‘My condition began clearing that first week, but I continued seeing him for treatment.’
      • ‘Some investors figure that when the smoke clears, Brazil will be solid.’
      • ‘Sound systems were connected up and barbecues were lit and then the fog cleared, the rain stopped and the sun came out.’
      • ‘Or, a company may need so much drastic fixing that a full-timer would just be resented too much if he stayed after the storm cleared.’
      • ‘By evening the mood was festive again, and the rain had cleared.’
      • ‘With the early morning rain well cleared, the teams took the field in bright sunshine and calm conditions.’
      • ‘I told the kid to watch the sky in the east because as the clouds cleared in the west, the sun peeked through.’
      • ‘The situation is at the stage where the total damage cannot be estimated, because the water has not cleared, as yet, and unfortunately today they are expecting more rain.’
      • ‘After a stinking, smelly day, the clouds and muck cleared, and wandering down Oxford Street you can feel the sense of a city starting to shed its seasonal cocoon.’
      disappear, go away, melt away, vanish, end
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    4. 1.4no object Become free of cloud or rain.
      ‘we'll go out if the weather clears’
      • ‘Stepping outside, he noticed the rain had stopped, the sky had cleared, but the sun was setting.’
      • ‘The players practised in rain yesterday and the long range forecast for tomorrow is cloudy, showers in the morning, but clearing in the afternoon.’
      • ‘After weeks of fog, wind and rain the weather suddenly cleared to allow for a helicopter trip to try and locate them.’
      • ‘I looked up to see a sky clearing down to the horizon, with no sign of rain cloud.’
      • ‘It was still very muddy, but the rain had stopped and the sky was clearing.’
      • ‘After a week of heavy rain the weather cleared just in time for the first event of 2004.’
      • ‘Generally there is a short thunderstorm in the afternoon and then the weather clears, but we had hardly any rain.’
      • ‘And by evening's end, the skies even cleared to reveal a stunning display of northern lights.’
      • ‘There was a very brief spatter of rain, evaporating almost instantly as the drops hit the pavement, and then it stopped, the sky cleared, and there was no sign of rain to be seen once more.’
      • ‘But lo and behold as the round progressed the skies cleared and we had some fine and excellent golf weather.’
      • ‘We made landfall at Barra in September last year, and once the rain stopped and the sky cleared, agreed that the scenery was as beautiful as anything we'd seen on our trip.’
      • ‘There was relief all around when the shower turned out to be only a brief one that dwindled into a sporadic drizzle that soon stopped as the sky cleared.’
      • ‘The sky cleared to the west in Maryland, but it was raining in Delaware.’
      • ‘She looked toward the sky, which had cleared from the rain.’
      • ‘But the weather had finally cleared up, leaving them no more excuses.’
      • ‘The sky began to clear and there were puffy white clouds forming as the evening faded away.’
      • ‘It was almost dawn, the sky was clearing, the crows had started cawing and the birds were chirping all around.’
      • ‘But then, in one of those astonishingly swift changes for which the Himalayas are renowned, the rain stopped, the sky cleared, and sun shone brightly.’
      • ‘I had the good fortune to be outside under the stars when the sky cleared on Sunday.’
      • ‘The skies slowly cleared and the cumulus clouds got friendlier as the day went on.’
      brighten, brighten up, lighten, become light, light up, break, clear up, become bright, become brighter, become lighter, become fine, become sunny
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    5. 1.5no object (of a person's face or expression) assume a happier aspect following confusion or distress.
      ‘for a moment, Sam was confused; then his expression cleared’
      • ‘However that intoxicated expression immediately cleared when he recognized the face of the girl.’
      • ‘But then his face cleared and became calm suddenly.’
      • ‘She looks faintly surprised, and then her face clears.’
      • ‘But then his expression cleared and he looked down at her with a semblance of calm.’
      • ‘She looked surprised for a moment, then laughed, her expression clearing.’
      • ‘His lower lip started to push out, but then his expression cleared.’
      • ‘Then he sat forward, his expression clearing and offered a slight smile.’
      • ‘They talked more openly when they knew I was a dancer, their faces cleared with recognition when I told them where I worked, and some looked envious.’
      • ‘She looked confused by my good manners, then her face cleared as if the sun had just dawned.’
      • ‘His glazed expression cleared slightly, and he smiled at her, motioning for her to join him.’
      • ‘Then his face cleared, and he looked up with a broad smile on his face, as though a light bulb had flicked on in his mind.’
      • ‘But apparently, his memory took a few minutes to get itself right, because his expression cleared and realization dawned.’
      • ‘I waved the half-empty box weakly, and while his fingers lingered, his expression cleared.’
      • ‘The old crone's expression cleared at his last words.’
      • ‘She glanced down at him, and at once her expression cleared, and she smiled genuinely at him.’
      • ‘Then the expression cleared and he was grinning at John.’
      • ‘His expression cleared, became serious, and a frisson of fear crawled down my spine.’
      • ‘Then his expression cleared and he looked back and nodded.’
      • ‘She sounded angry, but after she chewed on her lip a little, her face cleared again.’
      • ‘Then his expression cleared and he turned to head down the stairs.’
  • 2with object Remove (an obstruction or unwanted item) from somewhere.

    ‘Karen cleared the dirty plates’
    ‘park staff cleared away dead trees’
    • ‘With any luck, clearing the worst away would bring natural economic forces into play.’
    • ‘These volunteers spent a few hours removing the sand from the footpath and clearing the seaweed from the slipway leading onto the beach.’
    • ‘I cleared magazines, guitar strings, and dirty clothes out of the way so he could sit beside me.’
    • ‘There are signs of hope as people start to clear the rubble and sludge from their homes.’
    • ‘In some parts of Sofia, residents awoke to find that their refuse had been cleared.’
    • ‘We dug the culvert out clearing all the debris that was found in the culvert.’
    • ‘They whispered to the tall man as they cleared dirty plates off the table and replaced them with platters of desserts.’
    • ‘That has forced manufacturers to rely on deep price cuts to clear their unwanted inventories.’
    • ‘The stormy water has cleared some of the plankton and visibility is up to about 15m, though this is still a low reading by west coast standards.’
    • ‘I cleared the final patch of weeds which was blocking progress.’
    • ‘They will help police with motorway accidents, removing damaged and abandoned vehicles and clearing debris from the road.’
    • ‘The fire was restarted and the debris was eventually cleared away.’
    • ‘The fire force officials rushed to the spot and cleared the uprooted trees to enable free flow of traffic.’
    empty, void
    unblock, unclog, unstop
    remove, take away, carry away, move, shift, tidy away, tidy up
    get rid of, throw away, throw out, discard, dispose of, dump, bin, scrap, do away with, jettison, eject, eliminate, throw on the scrapheap
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    1. 2.1 (in soccer and other sports) send (the ball) away from the area near one's goal.
      ‘McAllister's lob was cleared off the line by Kernaghan’
      no object ‘Clarke headed towards the net but Nicol cleared’
      • ‘The shot hit the post before being cleared to safety.’
      • ‘The next thing to remember when clearing into triple threat is to never, and I mean never, take and put the ball up over your head immediately.’
      • ‘The German side win a free-kick outside the Chelsea box on the left flank, but the visitors clear.’
      • ‘He can leave some big rebounds and doesn't get a lot of help from his defensemen in clearing them away or in removing the opposition from the crease.’
      • ‘However his angled shot went across the goal and was cleared to safety.’
    2. 2.2 Discharge (a debt)
      ‘at the moment I'm clearing debts’
      • ‘After the debt has been cleared, and a better standard of player purchased, what then?’
      • ‘There are evil guys to fend off; there is a debt to be cleared.’
      • ‘A student in debt is trying to clear his overdraft by starting a website to help others manage their cash.’
      • ‘However the project will not begin until all debts have been cleared from phase one.’
      • ‘Hence, after your 25 years are up, your entire debt will have been cleared.’
      • ‘His first act as owner was to clear £150,000 of debts and take the club full-time.’
      • ‘I resolved to dig myself out of this mess and, following a hard-earned windfall and the sale of some shares, I cleared all of my debts in a very short time.’
      • ‘In another, a substantial proportion of the debt has been cleared.’
      • ‘If you have ever tried to pay off your five hundred on the credit card you will know how hard debt is to clear.’
      • ‘She has spent the last 18 months appealing for her debt to be cleared.’
      • ‘Its payment hierarchy means you clear the cheapest debt first.’
      • ‘He predicted that between 100,000 to 200,000 people would lose their jobs as banks focus on cleaning up their books and clearing bad debts.’
      • ‘Of course, this means we pay more in interest and are even tempted to think that our debts have been magically cleared and so we start spending again.’
      • ‘I use them for hotels abroad and rail fares, but I've never borrowed a penny on credit since I cleared £28,000 of debt in 2001.’
      • ‘The compensation will enable her to clear her debts, repay the money she borrowed from her mother and make a fresh start.’
      • ‘They had received a lot of support and with a grant of €30,000 due from the County Council the debt for the development will be cleared.’
      • ‘As he ran he reviewed in his mind the balance sheets of his new firm, the debts that were being cleared, the reputation he was re-establishing.’
      • ‘The money raised goes towards clearing some of the debt on the building.’
      • ‘It was hoped that if gifts continued to come in the entire debt could be cleared.’
      • ‘You only receive free credit if you clear the debt off in full at the end of the month.’
      pay off, pay, repay, settle, discharge, square, make good, honour, defray, satisfy, account for, remit, liquidate
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  • 3with object Get past or over (something) safely or without touching it.

    ‘the plane rose high enough to clear the trees’
    ‘she cleared 1.50 metres in the high jump’
    • ‘The angel on top of the tree barely cleared the crystal chandelier that hung from the ceiling.’
    • ‘What happens when a community built on oppression and struggle clears its final hurdle?’
    • ‘I got as high up in the eddy as I could, so I would have enough speed to clear the hole.’
    • ‘As he was still moving, the SUV roared past, barely clearing his car.’
    • ‘Once it clumsily clears the runway, it takes off.’
    • ‘Owen's shot cleared the bar but the point had been made.’
    • ‘To get there, some obstacles will have to be cleared.’
    • ‘The project has been launched but it cannot take off without clearing the hurdles.’
    • ‘You can see he clearly was not picked up high enough and barely cleared the ropes.’
    • ‘If the property is already developed, those obstacles would already be cleared and the property would be worth more.’
    • ‘They nimbly cleared bows of fallen trees as they ran, pushing their legs to go faster and harder.’
    • ‘After clearing a very steep hill, the plane banks and dips abruptly to a tiny runway that ends brusquely on St. Jean's beach.’
    • ‘Once you can do this easily, you know you can jump high enough to clear the curb.’
    go over, get past, go above, pass over, sail over
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  • 4with object Officially show or declare (someone) to be innocent.

    ‘his sport's ruling body had cleared him of cheating’
    • ‘Although he was cleared on all counts, this one-time superstar has had his world and his psyche very publicly ripped apart.’
    • ‘Those charged stepped down from office pending a decision by the Commission of Inquiry, but were duly cleared.’
    • ‘An independent appeal panel cleared her in July 1995 after doubt was cast as to the accuracy of the tests carried out.’
    • ‘Yesterday the jury cleared him of manslaughter.’
    • ‘The clown is taken in by the police and is cleared of the charges.’
    • ‘The other 120 patients have been cleared of having bird flu.’
    • ‘But, at the same time, they are being cleared of any wrong-doing.’
    • ‘He was given a life sentence but cleared of murder after a re-trial.’
    • ‘So she's cleared in my book.’
    • ‘The Fire Service was cleared by a jury of breaching safety regulations.’
    • ‘He and his pals have to find the real villain to clear Harry and stop the carnage.’
    • ‘She spent 18 nightmare months in jail before the evidence on her double murder conviction was discredited and she was cleared on appeal in December 2003.’
    • ‘Once his name was cleared of the charges, the adoration for him was spontaneous.’
    • ‘So even if he's cleared in both those appeals, it's not definite that he will go back into the team?’
    • ‘There is a principle of English justice that anyone who stands trial, and is cleared, should walk free without a stain on his character.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, the police officers involved in the fatal chase were cleared of any wrongdoing.’
    • ‘All four were cleared by the jury on both counts.’
    • ‘The ICC has cleared him from any suspect action.’
    • ‘His family had filed a lawsuit accusing the federal government of violating his civil rights and holding him after the FBI cleared him of suspicion.’
    • ‘The 15-year-old boy cleared yesterday was the second teenager to be found not guilty of involvement.’
    acquit, declare innocent, find not guilty
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  • 5with object Give official approval or authorization to.

    ‘I cleared him to return to his squadron’
    • ‘In the meantime, officials have cleared cruise ships to leave the port.’
    • ‘In past years, a female operator who had been cleared by the shelter authorities was allowed to bring in a rig to contact the North Pole.’
    • ‘At exactly 00: 33 hours, we were cleared for takeoff by the Traffic Controller.’
    • ‘If the Supreme Court clears California's policy, other states will feel free to copy it.’
    • ‘Once a request has been made by the office of a federal lawmaker on behalf of a citizen wanting to visit the facility, it must be cleared by higher authorities.’
    • ‘It is true that there is evidence that some returnees have been persecuted for and convicted of war crimes despite being included in any amnesty or cleared by the authorities before return.’
    • ‘A developer has been cleared to begin work on the Western Bay's biggest residential subdivision, starting within two months.’
    • ‘He climbed aboard the aircraft, started the engines, and was cleared for takeoff.’
    • ‘The Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority Bill has been cleared by the Union cabinet.’
    • ‘Johnson said state ethics officials cleared her involvement in both groups.’
    • ‘What could cause an airplane to be cleared for landing and within a couple hundred feet of the ground all of a sudden take off again?’
    • ‘This generates a security measure whereby all information posted by all content managers has to be cleared by the authorising officer before it is available online.’
    authorize, give permission, permit, allow, pass, accept, endorse, license, sanction, give approval to, give one's seal of approval to, give consent to
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    1. 5.1 Satisfy the necessary requirements to pass through (customs)
      ‘I can help her to clear customs quickly’
      • ‘He stated that the diamonds were all legitimate and were being cleared through the Customs and the Belgian diamond centre.’
      • ‘The vehicle may be shipped to Montserrat and cleared from Customs within one year prior to or following the shipment of the family's total personal effects.’
      • ‘Will I have to pay any special duties or fines before being cleared by customs at the airport?’
      • ‘When we have been cleared by Canadian customs we will be billeted and taken to church halls and primary schools in school buses.’
      • ‘Of course, with no luggage I quickly cleared customs.’
      • ‘I handed in my luggage at the counter, had my passport checked, was cleared by a customs officer and entered the restricted area.’
    2. 5.2 (with reference to a check) pass through a clearinghouse so that the money goes into the payee's account.
      no object ‘there were more than sufficient funds in the account for both checks to clear’
      with object ‘the check could not be cleared until Monday’
      • ‘The worst accounts take up to ten days to clear cheques for interest purposes!’
      • ‘After receiving the cheque, he paid it into his branch, on June 28, and went back three days later to ask the cashier if the cheque had been cleared.’
      • ‘By the time he sent a cheque and it was cleared three days later, the sum owed was different.’
      • ‘This will not actually be cleared for interest purposes until the next day - Wednesday.’
      • ‘He was arrested in the bank as he waited for the cheque to be cleared.’
      cash, accept, take, pass, encash, convert into cash, convert into money
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  • 6with object Earn or gain (an amount of money) as a net profit.

    ‘I would hope to clear £50,000 profit from each match’
    • ‘The company cleared $188 million in profits in the last two years.’
    net, make a profit of, realize a profit of, take home, pocket
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Phrases

  • clear the air

    • 1Make the air less humid.

      ‘storms were supposed to clear the air’
      • ‘Although the rain makes a pleasant change from the heat of the weekend, it hasn't cleared the air.’
      1. 1.1Defuse or clarify an angry, tense, or confused situation by frank discussion.
        ‘it's time a few things were said to clear the air’
        • ‘It also clears the air of all the negatism that had surrounded the team over the winter and enables everyone concerned to look forward to brighter days.’
        • ‘Essentially it's a storm in a tea cup but we're really just clearing the air.’
        • ‘We agreed to facilitate a public meeting in order to get discussion going, and so hope to clear the air.’
        • ‘By acknowledging that you may have made a mistake or hurt someone else, you can help clear the air, and that will reduce your stress level.’
        • ‘I now think that it is essential that the Conservative Party in Parliament clears the air and determines once and for all who we want to lead the party into that election.’
        • ‘‘I don't think it would necessarily clear the air because I don't think the air needs to be cleared,’ he said.’
        • ‘It's a good way of clearing the air and moving forward.’
        • ‘As the department was clearing the air yesterday, parents warned teachers that they will not stand idly by and watch their children's education being disrupted for another year.’
        • ‘The discussions cleared the air and as a parliamentary party we need to make it clear that we won't tolerate people briefing behind the scenes.’
        • ‘He accepted the progress report hasn't been discussed and offered to attend a special meeting to clear the air over the 100 or so outstanding issues.’
        restore harmony, make peace, reconcile differences
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  • (as) clear as a bell

  • (as) clear as day

    • Very easy to see or understand.

      • ‘Looking around, she noticed she could see clear as day.’
      • ‘I loved him, I said it clear as day to him and he understood that.’
      • ‘It is there clear as day, on public record, as said by the Prime Minister.’
      • ‘Normally I'm aware I'm dreaming due to the subtle layer of surreality but this one was clear as day (though I can't remember any of it now, of course).’
      • ‘They're virtually invisible to everyone else, but I see them clear as day.’
      • ‘Out of the blue, like a movie, these images appear in front of me, clear as day.’
      • ‘But when you actually saw the written evidence it was as clear as day.’
      • ‘She recognized her own handwriting as clear as day on the back of the picture as he flipped it around.’
      • ‘The trophy for that triumph is clear as day with this bunch.’
      • ‘I didn't have a clue what it was and then I saw the Pope's face, clear as day.’
      obvious, evident, plain, apparent, crystal clear, as clear as crystal, transparent
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  • as clear as mud

    • informal Not at all easy to understand.

      • ‘If we're honest, many of us would admit that our sermons, speeches or presentations are about as clear as mud.’
      • ‘I have looked on the website but as I am not computer literate, it's as clear as mud.’
      • ‘And when you say ‘in grammatical terms, it is as clear as mud,’ you mean we cannot tell by the grammar.’
      • ‘My point in doing all this is that the Federal Communications Commission's indecency ‘standard’ remains about as clear as mud.’
      • ‘The various explanations were as clear as mud.’
      • ‘Is the issue of sustainability getting through to youngsters or is the green message as clear as mud?’
      • ‘The instructions are as clear as mud.’
      • ‘Unfortunately the online manual is about as clear as mud to me… pretty much the worst set of documents I've ever seen on a network product.’
    • informal

      see mud
      • ‘On the flip side, some parts of the plot that aren't explained still seem to be vital to the story, so several chapters are clear as mud.’
      • ‘The next steps are clear as mud.’
      • ‘As I suspected, all is clear as mud at this point.’
      • ‘The strangely murky waters of the UK's broadband market were stirred up once again last week, making things clear as mud, as usual.’
      • ‘It was just clear as mud to me, and I was hoping you could help me with it later on.’
      obscure, unclear, dense, uncertain, indeterminate, mysterious, puzzling, perplexing, baffling, mystifying, confusing, enigmatic, inexplicable, unexplained, concealed, hidden, unfathomable, incomprehensible, impenetrable, vague, ambiguous, delphic, indefinite, indistinct, hazy, foggy, nebulous, equivocal, doubtful, dubious, oblique, elliptical, oracular, cryptic, deep, abstruse, recondite, arcane, esoteric, recherché
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  • clear the decks

    • Prepare for a particular event or goal by dealing with anything beforehand that might hinder progress.

      • ‘Your Honours, may I clear the decks so far as the facts which of course are not as factual inquiry before this Court but without which we cannot win.’
      • ‘‘Obviously now things have blown and people are clearing the decks and I just think anyone who's got anything to say should say it now,’ she said.’
      • ‘But it was a case of clearing the decks, then having a look at what was left, and trying to build from there.’
      • ‘The Administration is clearing the decks for the second term.’
      • ‘He is to abandon two central planks of the government's crime legislation as he clears the decks before announcing the start of the general election campaign, expected in the next two days.’
      • ‘The contenders are clearing the decks and making ready to do battle.’
      • ‘For the last year he's been clearing the decks of any issue that might have caused a problem when the campaign proper began.’
      • ‘It's about clearing the decks for the quickest possible election date of August 7.’
      • ‘This is a government that is clearing the decks.’
      • ‘It was always spelt out to me that I would have to trim the wage bill and the playing staff and there has been quite a bit of clearing the decks.’
  • clear the name of

    • Show to be innocent.

      ‘the spokesman released a statement attempting to clear his client's name’
      • ‘A Manchester lawyer fighting to clear the name of a convicted murderer is hoping a breakthrough could be just around the corner.’
      • ‘Legalization will not only make it safer for users but it will clear the name of the estimated 600,000 Canadians who have been convicted of simple cannabis possession.’
      • ‘I wish to encourage you in your efforts to get at the real facts in this case and help clear the name of a very fine, upstanding and humanitarian man.’
      • ‘They are now working together as private detectives trying to clear the name of a handyman accused of stealing secret documents from the home of a rich family.’
      • ‘A book is to be written which it is hoped will clear the name of a player thought to be involved in one of football's biggest scams.’
      • ‘But families still fight for years to clear the name of loved ones who were put to death.’
      • ‘He is now working to clear the name of a bus driver with multiple crashes to his name - all caused by someone else.’
      • ‘He decided to confess to the scam to help clear the name of another driving instructor and school teacher who is being investigated by police.’
      • ‘For 13 years she has campaigned to clear the name of her grandfather who was shot for cowardice during the First World War.’
      • ‘And the findings will try to clear the name of the warship's commander whose career was ruined by a subsequent court martial.’
  • clear one's throat

    • Cough slightly so as to speak more clearly, attract attention, or to express hesitancy before saying something awkward.

      • ‘I laughed and gave him a peck on the lips again before we heard someone clearing their throat to gain our attention.’
      • ‘He was suffering from a heavy cold which caused him to sniffle, blow his nose, cough and clear his throat throughout his 135-minute performance.’
      • ‘And then I heard the sound of someone clearing their throat to get my attention.’
      • ‘The sculpture emits a series of noises: the artist coughing, sniffling, clearing his throat, yawning audibly, sighing.’
      • ‘Coach let us sulk for a minute or two, until finally clearing his throat, drawing our attention back to him.’
      • ‘He coughed once, clearing his throat as the three turned and looked at him.’
      • ‘Josh just shook his head before clearing his throat to get some attention again.’
      • ‘Some flip through their programs, interested in educating themselves about the history of the piece to be performed, others reapply lipstick, and a gruff old man clears his throat before turning to speak to his formidable looking wife.’
      • ‘I coughed, partly to clear my throat, partly to demand full attention.’
      • ‘Matt awkwardly clears his throat and begins to speak.’
      hack, hawk, bark, clear one's throat, hem, croak, wheeze, gasp, choke, struggle for breath, fight for air
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  • clear the way

    • 1Remove an obstacle or hindrance to allow progress.

      ‘the ruling could be enough to clear the way for impeachment proceedings’
      • ‘He said on Radio 4 that he had pleaded guilty to the disciplinary charges in ‘a tactical move’ to clear the way for his bid to become mayor.’
      • ‘Meanwhile, the hacksaw lashed out at anything that stood in its path, clearing the way just enough to create forward progress.’
      • ‘Mindful of colleges' concerns, the Internal Revenue Service put off implementing these requirements, and the congressional action now clears the way to remove the roles.’
      • ‘The appeals board has attached just five minor conditions to planning for the €630 million route, clearing the way for diggers to move in on site in spring of 2007.’
      • ‘I also hope that this will now clear the way for speedy progress on the initiative to find a suitable home for a memorial to the Women of the Second World War.’
      • ‘The surprise move clears the way for closing arguments, expected to begin as early as Wednesday.’
      • ‘We are there to breach obstacles and clear the way for the fighting troops.’
      • ‘The union is trying to sell its latest deal by promising that the pay entrenchment clause will be removed, clearing the way for further secondary pay increases.’
      • ‘The move clears the way for the EU to apply the tariffs later this year if talks with the US fail to yield a compromise solution.’
      • ‘The move cleared the way for a new player to get involved.’
      move aside, clear the way, make a space, make room, stand back
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      1. 1.1in imperativeStand aside.
        ‘Stand back, there! Clear the way!’
  • in clear

    • Not encrypted; not in code.

      ‘the Russian staff practice of sending radio messages and orders in clear’
      • ‘At Army Group level the Russians were using simple codes, but lower formations sent radio signals in clear.’
  • in the clear

    • No longer in danger or suspected of something.

      ‘the latest information put her in the clear’
      • ‘The contract I signed initially didn't say anything past the probation period, so I was in the clear to resign without notice.’
      • ‘But we also saw the light and knew that by Thursday we would be in the clear.’
      • ‘He says this now means the rest of the team is in the clear.’
      • ‘So, thinking I was in the clear, I went about my business, free-wheeling and fancy-free the whole time.’
      • ‘So, it's still not in the clear, by any stretch of the imagination.’
      • ‘Then I was in the clear, free from any desire to smoke.’
      • ‘But now I've also been in the team, I am in the team, I've got those results and yeah, I'm in the clear.’
      • ‘Well, I wouldn't say they're in the clear yet, but it's certainly died down a bit.’
      • ‘You had a fleeting thought about getting caught when you made your plans three weeks ago, but you figured you were in the clear.’
      • ‘Just because someone in a bad spot is forced to sign a legal disclaimer, that doesn't mean the people making the decisions are in the clear morally.’
      completely, totally, utterly, entirely, absolutely, thoroughly, wholly, through and through, one hundred per cent, lock, stock, and barrel
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  • out of a (or the) clear blue sky

    • As a complete surprise.

      ‘his moods blew up suddenly out of a clear blue sky’
      • ‘When angered, people burn, things break and fly around, lightning may strike out of a clear sky.’
      • ‘Aware that such social tornadoes can twist towards them out of a clear sky, governments have learned to be cautious.’
      • ‘I've heard of lightning coming out of a clear sky.’
      • ‘However, the acts did not come out of a clear sky.’

Phrasal Verbs

  • clear off (or out)

    • usually in imperativeGo away.

      ‘“Clear off!” he yelled’
      • ‘He's had two children by her and then in 2002 he clears off.’
      go away, get out, leave
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  • clear out

    • Leave quickly.

      • ‘The soldiers quickly cleared out of the room.’
      • ‘Traditionally weddings are short and the crowd clears out quickly afterwards.’
  • clear up

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

      ‘all my health problems cleared up’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘These problems usually clear up with appropriate medical care, although some may require counseling.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In most cases, gastroenteritis is a mild illness caused by a viral infection and clears up without the need for medical treatment.’
      • ‘After taking medication, Sarah's condition appeared to clear up.’
      • ‘The condition usually clears up within 7 to 14 days.’
    • 2(of the weather) become brighter.

      • ‘But the weather is expected to clear up on Sunday, they said.’
      • ‘The weather has cleared up a lot and it's now sunny, but still windy.’
      • ‘If the weather clears up a little we might even go camping.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘But, there's a small bookstore nearby that we might visit until the weather clears up.’
      • ‘Of course, the weather soon cleared up again and July started nicely.’
      • ‘The weather cleared up later in the day and the sunset seemed to promise better things for the morrow.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘By the time we got down there the weather had cleared up a bit and the views looking down the valleys were fabulous.’
      • ‘When the weather clears up I'll be the one to take you on a tour of our fair city!’
      brighten, brighten up, 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.
        • ‘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 had cleared up, and all he could see were stars, stretching into unending vastness.’
        • ‘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'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.’
        • ‘The rain even cleared up by the time we got to the registry office which meant we could take photos outside.’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘I'm looking forward to some good, old fashioned, outdoor summer fun - that is, providing all this rain over here clears up.’
        brighten, brighten up, lighten, become light, light up, break, clear up, become bright, become brighter, become lighter, become fine, become sunny
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  • clear something up

    • 1Tidy something up by removing trash or other unwanted items.

      ‘he decided to clear up his garage’
      ‘I keep meaning to come down here and clear up’
      • ‘They also want the council to clear up the area, and remove abandoned cars.’
      • ‘A field on the borders of Southend and Rochford has become a dangerous rubbish tip and should be cleared up immediately, a councillor said.’
      • ‘‘The council needs to do something about it, and I don't just mean clearing it up and moving the youths on,’ he said.’
      • ‘They have responsibilities for clearing up and keeping areas clean.’
      • ‘Mr Messy was very messy and asked Mr Clean and Mr Tidy to clear up his house.’
      • ‘Archaeologists clear up and tidy the remains of the past.’
      • ‘A new volunteer clean-up team has vowed to clear up litter hotspots.’
      • ‘Residents and traders are responsible for clearing up afterwards and people have commented that the street is cleaner in the morning.’
      • ‘An obsessively tidy man, he clears up after Elizabeth cooks.’
      • ‘Rather than spend their time hanging around on street corners, they can be found scouring their estates for litter, clearing up play areas and planting bulbs.’
      empty, empty out, void, make vacant
      tidy, tidy up, put in order, straighten up, clean up, put to rights, make shipshape, spruce up
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      1. 1.1Remove trash or other unwanted items to leave something tidy.
        ‘he asked the boys to clear up their mess’
        • ‘She added that when the council did collect the rubbish, they left all the loose litter and had to send a specialist team to clear it up on January 8.’
        • ‘But just a few years ago the council set up its own Clean Team of paid workers to clear up rubbish around the district.’
        • ‘I just had to clear it up and then I made an impromptu cat litter box up with some gravel from the garden.’
        • ‘I absolutely hate it when people throw litter like that and I often clear it up from outside my home.’
        • ‘Meanwhile, Council officers removed graffiti, cleared up rubbish from public areas, cut grass verges and repaired potholes in roads and pavements.’
        • ‘Officers are also hoping to work with local authorities to get abandoned vehicles removed within 24 hours or less and settees, rubbish and refuse cleared up as soon as possible.’
        • ‘All we want is someone to come and clear up the rubbish on a regular basis.’
        • ‘An Epsom pensioner is so fed up with the litter he says blights Nork Park he has cleared it up himself.’
        • ‘The group also proposed that businesses should promote the anti-litter message through posters in their shops and should pay to get rubbish cleared up.’
        • ‘Anyone caught not clearing up after their dog is liable to a £25 spot fine.’
    • 2Solve or explain something.

      ‘he wanted to clear up some misconceptions’
      • ‘I want to clear something up so we get it straight.’
      • ‘The first is that I've been extremely busy at work trying to clear some things up before my three week winter break, which starts on Friday.’
      • ‘She could clear it up tomorrow by coming into the House and answering the questions.’
      • ‘Tim briefly explained what Grandpa had told to him, hopefully clearing things up.’
      • ‘OK, let's clear up what's really going on here.’
      • ‘He figured the handout being passed around would clear it up a bit.’
      • ‘Unless misconceptions were cleared up here at the very beginning, they were likely to reinforce already existing prejudices.’
      • ‘I'm not necessarily telling you this to scare you or something, but I figured this could clear some things up.’
      • ‘I quickly cleared up the confusion with a follow up text to " disregard".’
      • ‘And if that doesn't clear up any remaining confusion, I'm sorry.’
      solve, resolve, straighten out, find an answer to, find the answer to, answer, find the key to, decipher, break, get to the bottom of, make head or tail of, piece together, explain, expound
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    • 3Cure an illness or other medical condition.

      ‘folk customs prescribed sage tea to clear up measles’
      • ‘The ailment becomes the cure and the symptoms are cleared up not by their actual remedy, but by our ignorant submission or our willful hypnosis to another glossy spin and a catchy jingle.’
      • ‘Luckily, a German pharmacist understood my sign language and sold me a miracle cure that cleared it up in a few days.’
      • ‘Well, never mind, go to the clinic and they'll prescribe something to clear it up.’
      • ‘If this happens, a course of antibiotics can be prescribed and this will usually clear it up quickly.’
      • ‘Most eye infections can be cleared up with antibiotics but even with treatment there is a risk of damage to the cornea, the transparent outer layer at the front of the eye.’
      • ‘The advice giver said that ‘most people don't know’ that it can be cleared up quickly with antibiotics.’
      • ‘Garlic helps clear a cold sore up much faster than any other remedy I've tried.’
      • ‘They do sell medication for the tank and you may be able to clear it up if you treat the tank at the first sign of trouble.’
      • ‘If your teenager has bad acne, your GP can prescribe medication to help clear it up.’
      • ‘Tablets can be taken during the first outbreak to ease symptoms and help clear it up.’
  • clear something out

    • Remove the contents from something so as to tidy it or free it for alternative use.

      ‘they told her to clear out her desk by the next day’
      • ‘Well, the pond has been cleared out, filled with soil and now awaits planting as a bog garden.’
      • ‘It read: ‘To the person who clears the house out.’’
      • ‘Hospital and nursing home patients were cleared out and truckloads of water, ice and ready-made meals and rescue and medical teams were put on standby.’
      • ‘All flower beds have been cleared out, trees have been planted, shrubs have been pruned and a general clean-up is takin place around the village.’
      • ‘I'm afraid you'll have to clear your desk out by the end of the day.’
      • ‘We spent the first three months just clearing it out.’
      • ‘When the house was cleared out, Dad took the tools home.’
      • ‘In addition, the basement of the dorm was cleared out to provide storage and operating space for the college outdoor club.’
      • ‘This week we are forced to raise further questions after it emerged that the museum at the hotel has been cleared out.’
      • ‘Come January, the shops are cleared out overnight.’

Origin

Middle English: from Old French cler, from Latin clarus.

Pronunciation

clear

/ˈklɪr//ˈklir/