Definition of clear in English:

clear

adjective

  • 1Easy to perceive, understand, or interpret.

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

    ‘the clear glass of the French windows’
    ‘a stream of clear water’
    • ‘The water was clear as the air and the wildflowers looked as if they had never been touched.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘While many of the beaches are black with volcanic mud, others are coral, with very clear water.’
    • ‘Remove from heat, stir in one teaspoon of clear honey and pour the mixture into a ceramic bowl.’
    • ‘The doc recommended that we keep him off solid foods and on clear fluids for at least 24 hours.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Chemists then adjust the mixture, so as to maintain compatibility with the clear glass.’
    • ‘Place the tray over a heating pad and cover it with a piece of glass or clear plastic.’
    • ‘A little water spilled over the blue top, speckling the darkly varnished wood with clear droplets of water.’
    • ‘He pauses to pour ice water into a clear glass tumbler, and drinks from it heartily.’
    • ‘Some individuals are able to get a similar result by coating nails with clear polish.’
    • ‘Try that, he says, thrusting a glass brimming with clear liquid in my direction.’
    • ‘The holder, bought in Italy, is clear plastic and fractionally larger than the card.’
    • ‘A light, clear soup is a great appetiser, and sipping fizzy drinks makes it easier to prolong a meal.’
    • ‘It was a perfect Swedish June, with the sun striking buttery lights off still clear water.’
    • ‘Mix a teaspoon of clear honey with one drop of rose water and apply to the lips before bed.’
    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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘There was a brisk breeze coming in across the North Sea but clear skies and bright sunshine made it pleasant even so.’
      • ‘They all looked up and saw the dark clouds were disappearing towards the west and the sky was clear.’
      • ‘It was three o'clock in the afternoon and the sun was baking down from a clear sky.’
      • ‘I was lucky it turned out to be a clear night and no rain would get in the way of my plan.’
      • ‘Peering into an evening sky, clear of clouds, is one of life's more rewarding moments.’
      • ‘Her eyes were greeted by a clear sky, save for a few thin puffs of clouds here and there.’
      • ‘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 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.’
      • ‘The sky was perfectly clear; the moon, a strip of curved ribbon, gleamed brightly.’
      • ‘We join overnight guests in the outdoor pool where we look for meteors in the crystal clear, star-studded sky.’
      • ‘Mars is whizzing by, the skies are clear - and I can't get my telescope to work!’
      • ‘It was a clear night and there isn't anything behind the tree upon which a shadow could be cast.’
      • ‘These are occasions that stand out on the Irish sporting calendar, like stars in a clear sky.’
      • ‘The sky was clear and dazzling, and there was not even a cloud in the sky to warn him of dreary days.’
      • ‘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.’
      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.’
      • ‘He was doing far worse than the last time I saw him when his skin was almost clear.’
      • ‘His skin was white and wonderfully clear.’
      • ‘The face is large and full, the complexion pale and often not very clear, being subject to skin disorders.’
      • ‘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’
      • ‘He stood upright, his back as straight as a child's, and his eyes were clear and grey.’
      • ‘However, the eyes were clear, clean even, and there was the beginnings of a smile to be seen.’
      • ‘His eyes were clear and he looked to be in less pain then he had for quite some time.’
      • ‘He had wavy brown hair and clear gray eyes, as well as a strong, towering build and a flawless smile.’
      • ‘The child's eyes were clear and after a moment began to actively explore the clinic.’
      • ‘The fiery orange eyes were perfectly clear and glinted as he opened them.’
      • ‘Her eyes were clear now, no longer clouded by the effects of nicotine and hard liquor.’
      • ‘Her face and hair were covered with blood and dirt, but her apple eyes were clear and sharp.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘She looked at him with her huge clear eyes and he felt like someone had punched him.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘My eyes are clear, but I can see no color in the new pair of glasses.’
      • ‘Ryan's eyes were clear, large and blue, two saucers in a freckled face.’
      • ‘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 urge to console her, hold her until her eyes were clear came strong in that instant.’
      • ‘He knew this would be the last time he looked so closely into her clear eyes.’
      • ‘Her eyes are clear and bright and there's no trace of pain or anguish on her pixie face.’
      • ‘He had dark spiky hair and clear eyes that he couldn't decide were green or blue.’
    4. 2.4 (of a color) pure and intense.
      ‘clear blue delphiniums’
      • ‘To my astonishment, it was no longer a clear blue, but had turned to a hazel sort of green.’
      • ‘His eyes were still that same clear blue, and they were certain that there was a smile on his face.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I could see the clock at the other side of the room and all the colours were so clear.’
      • ‘Behind them, a lady with one green eye and the other a clear blue was selling marionettes.’
      • ‘In winter, the colour changes to a clear white, broken only by a black tip on the tail.’
      • ‘They were the clear blue color she so clearly recalled, the same color of river her mother's had been.’
      • ‘It bulldozed through those boundaries and broke into clear blue space.’
      • ‘The colour is clear and some inclusions of biotite and melt are present.’
      • ‘Colours are clear and bold and the technique is smooth and glossy.’
      • ‘It should come out a clear dark amber colour and have a lovely flavour.’
      • ‘It could be produced in many bright, clear colours, and had long life and durability.’
      • ‘Our first port of call was a small clear blue pool at the bottom of the stairs.’
      • ‘Broth in an uninoculated tube was clear blue and without a pellicle or precipitate.’
      • ‘On the left side of his chest there were clear blue bruises and also on his abdomen.’
      • ‘Beauty is generally perceived as a good clear colour and transparency, as shown by fine emeralds or rubies.’
      • ‘It's a silvery world of mauves, soft greens and occasional outbursts of clear colour.’
      • ‘The pupils were black, and surrounding them was a ring of clear blue.’
    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’
    • ‘All aspects of the dialogue, effects and music are free and clear of any distortion.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We ask all parents to keep the gateway clear at school times.’
    • ‘One lane was soon opened and the road was clear by the afternoon.’
    • ‘But even inside the exclusion zone, the middle of the road was quite clear of snow.’
    • ‘Directional effects are utilized in multiple scenes while the dialogue is all clear of any excessive hiss or distortion.’
    • ‘When the road ahead is clear, it smoothly accelerates to the speed originally set by the driver.’
    • ‘My wardrobes are clear of posters and postcards and the fixture list is now binned.’
    • ‘All aspects of the soundtrack are free and clear of any excessive noise or distortion.’
    • ‘By Friday afternoon, the shrine appeared empty, clear of the visitors and the militants.’
    • ‘I enjoy keeping the garden clear of old raspberry canes, intrusive crab grass, and debris.’
    • ‘In heavy rain, the fastest speed of the windscreen wipers is inadequate to keep the view ahead clear.’
    • ‘It would also serve the purpose of keeping the river clear of weeds and watercress.’
    • ‘It meant the rallying duo would have a clear road ahead of them at the start of second day.’
    • ‘In a car sit in the front seat if possible so you can get a clear view of the road.’
    • ‘I was driving and waited until the road ahead was clear before attempting to overtake.’
    • ‘You can check if a car is clear of any outstanding finance deals by contacting companies that research the car's history for you.’
    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. 3.2[predicative] (of a person) free of something undesirable or unpleasant.
      ‘after 18 months of treatment he was clear of TB’
      • ‘She continued to go for yearly check-ups and was told she was clear.’
      • ‘Sadly, after believing he was clear of the cancer, it has returned and has now moved to his liver.’
      • ‘Chris is a naturally fit guy, and as soon as he was clear of injury he was ready to come back into the team.’
      • ‘But now - just before her eighth birthday - a scan has shown she is clear of the disease.’
      • ‘Both were later found to be clear of the disease and it is understood that they're attending lessons as usual.’
      • ‘A fund was set up in her name, and she is now clear of leukemia and back in Baghdad with her family.’
      • ‘He began to improve within days, and as far as the doctors can tell, he is now clear of the cancer.’
      • ‘The musician believes he is clear of the disease following treatment at London's Royal Marsden Hospital.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘She said he was now clear of heroin and planned to resume his work when he was released from jail.’
      free, devoid, empty, vacant, void
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    3. 3.3 (of a person's mind) free of something that impairs logical thought.
      ‘in the morning, with a clear head, she would tackle all her problems’
      • ‘The void is full of potential, just like a clear mind free of eccentricities, prejudices and egos.’
      • ‘Until Monday, I'll leave my opinions to the side and watch it with a clear mind to see how things turn out.’
      • ‘Plus, now that you have been scattered into a vapor, you no longer have 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.’
      • ‘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 trust the Scottish Football Association, who already have a clear mind about this.’
      • ‘I think I can face up to my confessor with a clear mind that I have done good deeds in this world.’
      • ‘And once the decision had been made, his mind was clear and he was free to play the way he knew he could.’
      • ‘There were quite a few things that she needed to worry about now that she had a clear mind.’
      • ‘I aim to go to sleep with a clear mind, the conflicts of the day resolved and my soul reconciled.’
      • ‘He wanted me to clean my bad thoughts away, so my mind was clear.’
      • ‘An empty desk, a clear mind and a burst of determination ought not to be wasted.’
      • ‘She returned to the golden light with a clear mind and told herself to wake up.’
      • ‘We'll need clear minds tomorrow and for the rest of the four weeks.’
      • ‘He is a writer with a clear mind and a vigorous style, who knows a great deal and how to express it.’
      • ‘You have got to have a clear mind to play this game and my mind's just not there at the moment.’
      • ‘When you have had a hard time, your experience will help you teach with a clear mind.’
      • ‘Such activities are vital to ensure he can face the challenges of his work with a clear mind.’
      • ‘My mind was clear and the only words flowing were the words my younger sister had just said.’
      • ‘Thank you for providing a place safe from all the media frenzy to look at the current situation with a clear mind.’
      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.
      • ‘My conscience is clear, but I now dread having anything to do with reporting anything to the authorities.’
      • ‘My conscience is clear and if I had to make the same decisions again, I would.’
      • ‘He was trying to convince himself that he had not cheated, which showed he didn't have a clear conscience.’
      • ‘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 it came, she was armed with tissues and a clear conscience for what she knew had to be done.’
      • ‘He angrily denied the claims, saying his conscience was clear.’
      • ‘I would like to remind the Cabinet Ministers that a clear conscience is a soft pillow.’
      • ‘Earlier in the week she had appeared before MPs to say she did not intend to resign because she had a clear conscience.’
      • ‘Politics, in many ways, does not delight in a clear conscience and clean hands.’
      • ‘Anyway, I was glad to help and can now return to California with a clear conscience.’
      • ‘My conscience is clear as I know we gave her the best we could with what we had available to us.’
      • ‘When I went to prison I had a clear conscience and when I got out I had a clear conscience.’
      • ‘If I woke up some morning and said it was not for me, I'd have an absolutely clear conscience.’
      • ‘Only then can we carry out the third and final step 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.’
      • ‘He's proved his point long ago and could pack it in tomorrow if he wanted with a clear conscience.’
      • ‘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.’
      untroubled, undisturbed, unworried, unperturbed, unconcerned, unbothered, with no qualms
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  • 4clear of[predicative] 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.’
  • 5[attributive] (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’
    • ‘It went down and I worked it around the stern, keeping the line clear of the lower unit.’
    • ‘Native birds, he said, were not at risk because they stayed clear of the starling horde.’
    • ‘It was clear the Italian couple and Russians were aghast but keeping clear of interfering.’
    • ‘When she was clear of the car, she turned and dashed into the hedge of the neighbor's yard.’
    • ‘The best that a win can do for them is help them steer clear of the relegation zone.’
    • ‘The older woman was thrown clear of the vehicle and received only minor injuries.’
    • ‘After landing, we taxied clear of the runway and immediately shut down the aircraft.’
    • ‘Always keep your fingers well clear of their claws.’
    • ‘That allows you to consistently run at your peak, to consistently run the fast times, to stay clear of your pursuers.’
    • ‘If there's something absolutely petty going on, just stay clear of it and get out of the way, because it just boils up.’
    • ‘For, he told his fans to stay clear of supporting issues that had political overtones.’
    • ‘From the start the pace was on with four competitors breaking clear of the pack and setting a blistering pace.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But the palace, ever the wiser, is steering clear of the controversy.’
    • ‘Her body was thrown clear of the single-decker bus as it rounded a corner.’
    • ‘Directional control was maintained and the aircraft was taxied clear of the runway.’
    • ‘After an experience like that, I warned all my friends to steer well clear of diving out of aeroplanes.’
    • ‘He held his nerve as the roars of the crowd echoed in his ears and silky footwork took him clear of desperate tackles.’
    • ‘He says the girls were on grass beyond the footpath, and well clear of the roadway.’
    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’
    • ‘He stepped forward and embraced his son, lifting him clear off the ground.’
    • ‘John glared back at him, tempted to shove him clear off the railing.’
    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

  • 1[no object] Become clear, in particular.

    1. 1.1 (of the sky or weather) become free of cloud or rain.
      ‘we'll go out if the weather clears’
      • ‘And by evening's end, the skies even cleared to reveal a stunning display of northern lights.’
      • ‘The players practised in rain yesterday and the long range forecast for tomorrow is cloudy, showers in the morning, but clearing in the afternoon.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Generally there is a short thunderstorm in the afternoon and then the weather clears, but we had hardly any rain.’
      • ‘It was almost dawn, the sky was clearing, the crows had started cawing and the birds were chirping all around.’
      • ‘But lo and behold as the round progressed the skies cleared and we had some fine and excellent golf weather.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘But the weather had finally cleared up, leaving them no more excuses.’
      • ‘It was still very muddy, but the rain had stopped and the sky was clearing.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I had the good fortune to be outside under the stars when the sky cleared on Sunday.’
      • ‘She looked toward the sky, which had cleared from the rain.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘After a week of heavy rain the weather cleared just in time for the first event of 2004.’
      • ‘The sky began to clear and there were puffy white clouds forming as the evening faded away.’
      • ‘Stepping outside, he noticed the rain had stopped, the sky had cleared, but the sun was setting.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The skies slowly cleared and the cumulus clouds got friendlier as the day went on.’
      lighten, become light, light up, break, clear up, become bright, become brighter, become lighter, become fine, become sunny
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    2. 1.2 (of a liquid) become transparent.
      ‘a wine that refuses to clear’
      • ‘Overall, the colour of the river did us no favours, but the water clears by late October right through to July and that's when the fishing will be good.’
      • ‘At the surface, the visibility is grainy, but as we descend the water clears and we can see the shot draped over the semi-intact stern of the wreck.’
      • ‘Water foamed, then cleared.’
      • ‘As I descend the line, the water gradually clears until conditions are near-perfect.’
      • ‘The bulk of the fish were caught on Thursday, Friday and Saturday as the water cleared.’
      • ‘The water had cleared considerably - we could even see that someone was playing a fish.’
      • ‘It's heavy enough not to float, and the water clears in about a day.’
      • ‘By first removing organics with clay and ferrous sulfate, the mix reserves its controlled-release bleach until the water clears.’
      • ‘There were a few nice ones caught during the afternoon in the dirty water but not so many once the tide started to run in and the water cleared.’
      • ‘Staff ran the taps continuously to see if the water would clear.’
    3. 1.3 Become free of obstructions.
      ‘the boy's lungs cleared and he began to breathe more easily’
      • ‘Twenty four hours on, the lungs start to clear and at 48 hours there is no nicotine left in the body.’
      • ‘The lady placed the bowl to her lips irritably and drank deeply, her vision clearing as the noxious liquid drained from the bowl.’
      • ‘Six weeks previously she had had flu and expressed surprise when her sinuses began to clear during her initial treatment.’
      • ‘As soon as my vision cleared, I began to take in my surroundings.’
      • ‘She was in hospital for a week, returning each week for two months until her lungs had cleared.’
      • ‘His bronchiectasis means he will be on antibiotics for the rest of his life and his lungs have to be cleared twice a day.’
      • ‘My lungs have cleared, and I'm over the cough - that at least is good, but the bleeding gums and sore teeth are most decidedly not.’
      • ‘After blinking a few times, his vision began to clear, and he could see colors again.’
      • ‘It wasn't until I gulped some water that my vision cleared and I realised what had happened.’
      • ‘But her head soon cleared and her lungs began to fill with air less painfully.’
      • ‘After visiting him, the boy's nose cleared within an hour.’
      • ‘We are in a healing phase of the grief cycle and our vision begins to clear as we see signs of hope all around us.’
    4. 1.4 Gradually go away or disappear.
      ‘the fever clears in two to four weeks’
      ‘the mist had cleared away’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The smoke cleared to reveal the floor covered with black and dark green snakes of all lengths and speeds.’
      • ‘I told the kid to watch the sky in the east because as the clouds cleared in the west, the sun peeked through.’
      • ‘He saw the clouds had cleared from the sky and the sun was shining.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Some investors figure that when the smoke clears, Brazil will be solid.’
      • ‘The dry season is finally here, and after six months the rain and humidity have disappeared and the clouds have cleared.’
      • ‘It had stopped raining and clouds had cleared showing the sky's spectacular show of sparkling lights.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Now that the dust has cleared I should begin by thanking you all for your words of support and encouragement last week.’
      • ‘My condition began clearing that first week, but I continued seeing him for treatment.’
      • ‘Sound systems were connected up and barbecues were lit and then the fog cleared, the rain stopped and the sun came out.’
      • ‘With the early morning rain well cleared, the teams took the field in bright sunshine and calm conditions.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘By evening the mood was festive again, and the rain had cleared.’
      • ‘The rain would partially clear on Saturday when the cold front causing it moved away to the interior.’
      • ‘The television fizzed for a second and the distortion began to clear.’
      disappear, go away, melt away, vanish, end
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    5. 1.5 (of a person's face or expression) assume a happier aspect following previous confusion or distress.
      ‘for a moment, Sam was confused; then his expression cleared’
      • ‘His lower lip started to push out, but then his expression cleared.’
      • ‘She looks faintly surprised, and then her face clears.’
      • ‘However that intoxicated expression immediately cleared when he recognized the face of the girl.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘His glazed expression cleared slightly, and he smiled at her, motioning for her to join him.’
      • ‘Then he sat forward, his expression clearing and offered a slight smile.’
      • ‘Then his expression cleared and he looked back and nodded.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The old crone's expression cleared at his last words.’
      • ‘She looked confused by my good manners, then her face cleared as if the sun had just dawned.’
      • ‘But then his face cleared and became calm suddenly.’
      • ‘Then his expression cleared and he turned to head down the stairs.’
      • ‘His expression cleared, became serious, and a frisson of fear crawled down my spine.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘She glanced down at him, and at once her expression cleared, and she smiled genuinely at him.’
      • ‘She looked surprised for a moment, then laughed, her expression clearing.’
      • ‘But then his expression cleared and he looked down at her with a semblance of calm.’
      • ‘She sounded angry, but after she chewed on her lip a little, her face cleared again.’
      • ‘Then the expression cleared and he was grinning at John.’
    6. 1.6 (of a person's mind) regain the capacity for logical thought; become free of confusion.
      ‘his mind cleared and he began to reflect’
      • ‘I don't know why, but my mind has cleared with the loss of pain; it is as if the wound is connected with my muddled thoughts.’
      • ‘She couldn't help it, even during colorguard practice, and usually at practice everything from her mind clears.’
      • ‘By morning her head had cleared and she began to comprehend just how much trouble she was in.’
      • ‘The minute his hand gripped her arm, her mind cleared and she began to look for possible escape routes.’
      • ‘As his mind cleared from the fogginess of sleep, he heard the whirring and occasional beep of machinery.’
      • ‘Only when his mind had cleared and he could see again what was in front of him did his vision clarify and he saw the wooden surround of the fireplace and the clock on the mantelpiece and the rug on the floor.’
      • ‘Now that my mind has cleared and I can think better, this whole thing was a stupid idea.’
      • ‘As my mind clears, I realize that the trail itself has its own history of being shaped and sculpted by many diverse forces.’
      • ‘When he finally awoke, however, all were surprised to find that his mind had somehow cleared; his insanity had vanished.’
      • ‘As my mind cleared, I remembered unlocking the door sometime that night.’
      • ‘She was able to identify him after her mind cleared.’
      • ‘She began to feel more at peace, her mind cleared and the even strokes nearly made her fall asleep.’
      • ‘Her own mind was clearing now that the blast was lifting.’
      • ‘When his mind had cleared, he started doing push ups on the floor.’
      • ‘Her mind had finally cleared, and she desperately wanted to think.’
      • ‘If your mind clears at an identifiable point the way this woman's did, that's fine.’
      • ‘Immediately, he spit it out to the amusement of the lone soldier, his mind suddenly clearing, remembering he was in the army.’
      • ‘But then, my mind cleared, and I hugged her back, blinking tears away from my eyes.’
      • ‘He recoiled from the verbal slap, his mind clearing fractionally as he released her from the pressure he had applied.’
      • ‘I felt my tight shoulders releasing and my mind clearing.’
  • 2[with object] Make (something) clear, in particular.

    • ‘For with the schedule cleared to cover the crisis and 24 hours to fill, any incremental development soon has a momentum of its own.’
    • ‘It clears your skin, prevents dehydration-based headaches and helps with hunger and weight management.’
    • ‘He looked down and watched as snow plows started clearing the streets below just in time for the morning traffic.’
    • ‘The officer cleared a place on the floor and took out a roll of tape.’
    • ‘It also has a whole list of advantages: relieves stress and pain, strengthens the immune system, cures headaches, clears the skin, the list goes on.’
    • ‘They were at the scene for 90 minutes, helping to free the victims and clear the road.’
    • ‘In an instant, the smoke cleared a path for her to walk safely through.’
    • ‘The ‘mini-gritter and snow plough’ seen clearing pavements was a revelation never seen elsewhere and much admired.’
    • ‘I had to take the snow shovel and start clearing the walk, in the hope of finding the Times.’
    1. 2.1 Remove an obstruction or unwanted item or items from.
      ‘the driveway had been cleared of snow’
      ‘Carolyn cleared the table’
      • ‘He coughed a few times, clearing his liquid filled throat.’
      • ‘Angioplasty is a popular procedure for clearing clogged arteries and veins, but it can also be risky.’
      • ‘When the table was finally cleared away, we brought the plates to the kitchen and started to wash them.’
      • ‘The cobwebs were finally cleared out of his head and his alertness had returned.’
      • ‘Venting worked and smoke has been cleared from his lungs.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It was mid-morning by the time the snow plough had cleared a path down the lane.’
      • ‘This island was named by Captain Cook and has been cleared of rats and vermin so as to be used as a bird sanctuary.’
      • ‘Whatever the weather, Cumbria County Council is bound by law to send the snow plough out to clear the highways.’
      • ‘Tables were cleared promptly which is usually a good sign.’
      • ‘Purification is about clearing the path to our destination so we're free to enjoy the sights along our journey.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He sat down at the dirty table, clearing a space to set his arms.’
      • ‘Bulldozers have cleared debris from some of the city's main arteries.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The crop stack would then be cleared of any rodents.’
      • ‘Her mother gave her a smile as she began clearing the table of dirty plates.’
      • ‘The ship's dining room has been cleared of the tables and the last dance has just finished.’
      unblock, unclog, unstop
      remove, take away, carry away, move, shift, tidy away, tidy up
      empty, void
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    2. 2.2 Free (land) for cultivation or building by removing vegetation or existing structures.
      • ‘Two-hundred and sixty million acres of US forestland have been cleared for crop land to produce the meat-centered diet.’
      • ‘Woodland grew back on land which had been cleared.’
      • ‘Elsewhere, land was cleared and sold for new housing and office developments.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘There is concern though that some of the land has been poorly cleared and is now turning back into scrub.’
      • ‘These early families set to work clearing the land, building shelters, and planting crops.’
      • ‘The fossils were uncovered when land was being cleared for an olive orchard.’
      • ‘The council first received a complaint in January that vegetation was being cleared at the property.’
      • ‘The farmers cleared the land, cultivated rye and flax, and raised cattle, sheep, pigs, and poultry.’
      • ‘The planters contributed their share to the problem by clearing their forested family lands to grow coffee.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘At the same time, shrublands and forests began to be cleared and converted to dry farming.’
      • ‘Then the land had to be cleared, and extra help engaged all while the wives were ‘fretful and homesick’.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In the Alpine regions, south-facing mountain slopes have been cleared for pasture land and crops.’
      • ‘More vegetation has been cleared in Victoria than any other part of Australia, with over 60 percent of its natural vegetation gone.’
      • ‘Land had to be cleared, vegetables put in, crops sown.’
    3. 2.3 Free (one's mind) of unpleasantness or confusion.
      ‘even the final clue failed to clear his mind’
      • ‘My mind cleared of everything easily, as I practice this every night.’
      • ‘Sleepless nights and stressful days had led her to the roof, where everything cleared from her mind as she watched the sun rising or setting.’
      • ‘She hurried up the steps, trying to keep her mind cleared of any pessimistic thought.’
      • ‘She relaxed her mind and cleared all her thoughts - which was hard to do, with the amount of fear and anxiety that filled her mind.’
      • ‘After the movie, Conrad felt so happy that everything that happened today was cleared from his mind.’
      • ‘And in that instant his mind cleared of the depression it was under and filled with happier thoughts, jarred loose by his chuckle.’
      • ‘Your mind focuses and clears of all distractions.’
    4. 2.4 Cause people to leave (a building or place)
      ‘the police shouted a warning and cleared the streets’
      • ‘Ideally a building should be cleared from the top downwards.’
      • ‘By 6pm, riot police had begun to clear the city centre, forcing the crowds out towards Westgate.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The incident caused congestion on surrounding roads as police cleared the area.’
      • ‘Beggars will be cleared from city centre streets and fined or imprisoned under police plans to tackle aggressive behaviour and improve Scotland's image.’
      • ‘They continued down Cedar Lane, having cleared the last populated places.’
      • ‘We thought that they would take our warning seriously and clear the building.’
      • ‘A campaign to clear York streets of beggars has got off to a promising start, according to those running it.’
      • ‘Forty staff from Westminster then helped workers from the Royal Parks to clear the Mall and neighbouring parks.’
      • ‘We went through all of the building and cleared all of the rooms.’
      • ‘They have assisted in clearing buildings and homes, because it's a manpower-intensive battle in the urban terrain.’
      • ‘The streets below were quickly cleared by police.’
      • ‘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.’
      evacuate, empty, make empty, make vacant
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  • 3[with object] Remove (an obstruction or unwanted item) from somewhere.

    ‘snow was cleared from the storm drains’
    ‘park staff cleared away dead trees’
    • ‘With any luck, clearing the worst away would bring natural economic forces into play.’
    • ‘We dug the culvert out clearing all the debris that was found in the culvert.’
    • ‘The fire force officials rushed to the spot and cleared the uprooted trees to enable free flow of traffic.’
    • ‘The fire was restarted and the debris was eventually cleared away.’
    • ‘I cleared the final patch of weeds which was blocking progress.’
    • ‘I cleared magazines, guitar strings, and dirty clothes out of the way so he could sit beside me.’
    • ‘In some parts of Sofia, residents awoke to find that their refuse had been cleared.’
    • ‘There are signs of hope as people start to clear the rubble and sludge from their homes.’
    • ‘That has forced manufacturers to rely on deep price cuts to clear their unwanted inventories.’
    • ‘They whispered to the tall man as they cleared dirty plates off the table and replaced them with platters of desserts.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They will help police with motorway accidents, removing damaged and abandoned vehicles and clearing debris from the road.’
    • ‘These volunteers spent a few hours removing the sand from the footpath and clearing the seaweed from the slipway leading onto the beach.’
    remove, take away, carry away, move, shift, tidy away, tidy up
    unblock, unclog, unstop
    get rid of, throw away, throw out, discard, dispose of, dump, bin, scrap, do away with, jettison, eject, eliminate, throw on the scrapheap
    empty, void
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    1. 3.1Soccer Send (the ball) away from the area near one's goal.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The shot hit the post before being cleared to safety.’
      • ‘However his angled shot went across the goal and was 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.’
    2. 3.2 Discharge (a debt)
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘You only receive free credit if you clear the debt off in full at the end of the month.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘After the debt has been cleared, and a better standard of player purchased, what then?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘There are evil guys to fend off; there is a debt to be cleared.’
      • ‘Hence, after your 25 years are up, your entire debt will have been cleared.’
      • ‘She has spent the last 18 months appealing for her debt to be cleared.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The money raised goes towards clearing some of the debt on the building.’
      • ‘In another, a substantial proportion of the debt has been cleared.’
      • ‘The compensation will enable her to clear her debts, repay the money she borrowed from her mother and make a fresh start.’
      • ‘If you have ever tried to pay off your five hundred on the credit card you will know how hard debt is to clear.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Its payment hierarchy means you clear the cheapest debt first.’
      • ‘It was hoped that if gifts continued to come in the entire debt could be cleared.’
      • ‘His first act as owner was to clear £150,000 of debts and take the club full-time.’
      pay off, pay, repay, settle, discharge, square, make good, honour, defray, satisfy, account for, remit, liquidate
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  • 4[with object] Get past or over (something) safely or without touching it.

    ‘the plane rose high enough to clear the trees’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘If the property is already developed, those obstacles would already be cleared and the property would be worth more.’
    • ‘The angel on top of the tree barely cleared the crystal chandelier that hung from the ceiling.’
    • ‘Once it clumsily clears the runway, it takes off.’
    • ‘The project has been launched but it cannot take off without clearing the hurdles.’
    • ‘To get there, some obstacles will have to be cleared.’
    • ‘I got as high up in the eddy as I could, so I would have enough speed to clear the hole.’
    • ‘You can see he clearly was not picked up high enough and barely cleared the ropes.’
    • ‘Owen's shot cleared the bar but the point had been made.’
    • ‘What happens when a community built on oppression and struggle clears its final hurdle?’
    • ‘As he was still moving, the SUV roared past, barely clearing his car.’
    • ‘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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    1. 4.1 Jump (a specified height) in a competition.
      ‘she cleared 1.50 meters in the high jump’
      • ‘He had many a triumph and was especially associated with the high jump, clearing his own height on several occasions.’
      • ‘He was the first competitor to jump and he cleared a very reasonable distance of 17.06 metres.’
      • ‘Edwards cleared 2.06 meters to capture the gold medal.’
      • ‘He came third in the A-string high jump clearing 1.20m.’
      • ‘The Sydney Olympic finalist cleared only 16.19m after producing only one valid clearance from his three attempts.’
      • ‘She was one jump from elimination before clearing 4.85m.’
      • ‘In the men's long jump he added the British indoor long jump record to his outdoor mark, clearing a distance of 8.17m.’
      • ‘But she bounced back well with a personal best in high jump, clearing 1.78 metres.’
      • ‘He cleared 2.25 metres but failed three times at 2.32, a modest height compared with his world mark of 2.43.’
      • ‘She cleared the six foot mark, and I couldn't get over five feet and a half.’
      • ‘He placed second in high jump clearing 2.09m establishing a national junior record.’
  • 5[with object] Show or declare (someone) officially to be innocent.

    ‘the commission had cleared the weightlifter of cheating’
    • ‘Although he was cleared on all counts, this one-time superstar has had his world and his psyche very publicly ripped apart.’
    • ‘He was given a life sentence but cleared of murder after a re-trial.’
    • ‘The 15-year-old boy cleared yesterday was the second teenager to be found not guilty of involvement.’
    • ‘The Fire Service was cleared by a jury of breaching safety regulations.’
    • ‘All four were cleared by the jury on both counts.’
    • ‘So even if he's cleared in both those appeals, it's not definite that he will go back into the team?’
    • ‘But, at the same time, they are being cleared of any wrong-doing.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He and his pals have to find the real villain to clear Harry and stop the carnage.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, the police officers involved in the fatal chase were cleared of any wrongdoing.’
    • ‘There is a principle of English justice that anyone who stands trial, and is cleared, should walk free without a stain on his character.’
    • ‘Once his name was cleared of the charges, the adoration for him was spontaneous.’
    • ‘Those charged stepped down from office pending a decision by the Commission of Inquiry, but were duly cleared.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘An independent appeal panel cleared her in July 1995 after doubt was cast as to the accuracy of the tests carried out.’
    • ‘The ICC has cleared him from any suspect action.’
    • ‘So she's cleared in my book.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Yesterday the jury cleared him of manslaughter.’
    acquit, declare innocent, find not guilty
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  • 6[with object] Give official approval or authorization to.

    ‘I cleared him to return to his squadron’
    • ‘Johnson said state ethics officials cleared her involvement in both groups.’
    • ‘The Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority Bill has been cleared by the Union cabinet.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘At exactly 00: 33 hours, we were cleared for takeoff by the Traffic Controller.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘If the Supreme Court clears California's policy, other states will feel free to copy it.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In the meantime, officials have cleared cruise ships to leave the port.’
    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. 6.1 Get official approval for (something)
      ‘the press releases had to be cleared with the White House’
      • ‘In order for a film to begin production in India, the contents must be cleared with the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.’
      • ‘Meena insists that all the foisted allegations against him were already cleared.’
      • ‘When I asked him, he said that he had strict orders form my father that parties were out of the question unless it was cleared with him first.’
      • ‘All 24 names on the coalition list were cleared with the Minister of the Economy, and probably with other government officials.’
      • ‘While the text of Blair's statement is unlikely to be cleared with the Irish government, sources say both Dublin and Washington are likely to be kept informed.’
      • ‘Once cleared with the authentication service, you are redirected to the site requested.’
      • ‘Every phase had to be cleared with the Virginia Department of Historical Resources.’
      • ‘Their anger has been intensified by several other announcements which have not been properly cleared with ministers.’
      • ‘We habitually notify the region of decisions we have taken after they have been cleared with Washington.’
      • ‘However, what's not cleared yet are the land lease agreement and the financial closure by BIA.’
      • ‘I kept finding myself speaking without the words being cleared with my brain.’
      • ‘Shortly after gaining visual contact with the ship, we were given a green deck and were cleared for landing.’
      • ‘The second thing we learned is never announce free upgrades until you've cleared it with the retailers…’
      • ‘His only comment was: ‘Everything has been cleared with the fees office and is within the rules.’’
      • ‘Other physicians disagreed, and in the heel of all the arguments he was cleared to box again.’
      • ‘At first it was decided to wait with the announcement until the deal had been cleared with the Competition Commission.’
    2. 6.2 (of a person or goods) satisfy the necessary requirements to pass through (customs)
      ‘I can help her to clear customs quickly’
      • ‘Of course, with no luggage I quickly cleared customs.’
      • ‘He stated that the diamonds were all legitimate and were being cleared through the Customs and the Belgian diamond centre.’
      • ‘I handed in my luggage at the counter, had my passport checked, was cleared by a customs officer and entered the restricted area.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘When we have been cleared by Canadian customs we will be billeted and taken to church halls and primary schools in school buses.’
      • ‘Will I have to pay any special duties or fines before being cleared by customs at the airport?’
    3. 6.3 Pass (a check) through a clearinghouse so that the money goes into the payee's account.
      ‘the check could not be cleared until Monday’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The worst accounts take up to ten days to clear cheques for interest purposes!’
      • ‘He was arrested in the bank as he waited for the cheque to be cleared.’
      • ‘This will not actually be cleared for interest purposes until the next day - Wednesday.’
    4. 6.4[no object] (of a check) pass through a clearinghouse so that the money goes into the payee's account.
      • ‘If you do it yourself, balance your checkbook register, so you know what is outstanding and what has cleared.’
      • ‘Two of them were returned marked ‘insufficient funds,’ while the third one cleared.’
      • ‘Awards remain conditional until the cheque has cleared.’
      • ‘He has advised me that there are and were more than sufficient funds in the account for both cheques to clear.’
      • ‘These include a request to strike the husband's pleadings because his support cheque had not cleared by the time of trial.’
  • 7[with object] Earn or gain (an amount of money) as a net profit.

    ‘I would hope to clear $50,000 profit’
    • ‘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

  • as clear as mud

    • informal Not at all easy to understand.

      • ‘My point in doing all this is that the Federal Communications Commission's indecency ‘standard’ remains about as clear as mud.’
      • ‘Is the issue of sustainability getting through to youngsters or is the green message as clear as mud?’
      • ‘The various explanations were as clear as mud.’
      • ‘The instructions are as clear as mud.’
      • ‘If we're honest, many of us would admit that our sermons, speeches or presentations are about 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.’
      • ‘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.’
    • informal

      see mud
      • ‘The next steps are clear as mud.’
      • ‘As I suspected, all is clear as mud at this point.’
      • ‘It was just clear as mud to me, and I was hoping you could help me with it later on.’
      • ‘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 strangely murky waters of the UK's broadband market were stirred up once again last week, making things clear as mud, as usual.’
      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 air

    • 1Make the air less sultry.

      • ‘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’
        • ‘Essentially it's a storm in a tea cup but we're really just clearing the air.’
        • ‘It's a good way of clearing the air and moving forward.’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘We agreed to facilitate a public meeting in order to get discussion going, and so hope to clear the air.’
        • ‘‘I don't think it would necessarily clear the air because I don't think the air needs to be cleared,’ he said.’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘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.’
        restore harmony, make peace, reconcile differences
        pour oil on troubled waters
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  • (as) clear as a bell

  • (as) clear as day

    • Very easy to see or understand.

      • ‘She recognized her own handwriting as clear as day on the back of the picture as he flipped it around.’
      • ‘Looking around, she noticed she could see clear as day.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The trophy for that triumph is clear as day with this bunch.’
      • ‘But when you actually saw the written evidence it was as clear as day.’
      • ‘I didn't have a clue what it was and then I saw the Pope's face, clear as day.’
      • ‘I loved him, I said it clear as day to him and he understood that.’
      • ‘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).’
      • ‘It is there clear as day, on public record, as said by the Prime Minister.’
      obvious, evident, plain, apparent, crystal clear, as clear as crystal, transparent
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  • clear the decks

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

      • ‘The contenders are clearing the decks and making ready to do battle.’
      • ‘‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It's about clearing the decks for the quickest possible election date of August 7.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘For the last year he's been clearing the decks of any issue that might have caused a problem when the campaign proper began.’
      • ‘But it was a case of clearing the decks, then having a look at what was left, and trying to build from there.’
      • ‘This is a government that is clearing the decks.’
      • ‘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.’
  • clear the name of

    • Show to be innocent.

      ‘the spokesman released a statement attempting to clear his client's name’
      • ‘And the findings will try to clear the name of the warship's commander whose career was ruined by a subsequent court martial.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He is now working to clear the name of a bus driver with multiple crashes to his name - all caused by someone else.’
      • ‘A Manchester lawyer fighting to clear the name of a convicted murderer is hoping a breakthrough could be just around the corner.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘For 13 years she has campaigned to clear the name of her grandfather who was shot for cowardice during the First World War.’
      • ‘But families still fight for years to clear the name of loved ones who were put to death.’
  • clear one's throat

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

      • ‘Matt awkwardly clears his throat and begins to speak.’
      • ‘I laughed and gave him a peck on the lips again before we heard someone clearing their throat to gain our attention.’
      • ‘He coughed once, clearing his throat as the three turned and looked at him.’
      • ‘The sculpture emits a series of noises: the artist coughing, sniffling, clearing his throat, yawning audibly, sighing.’
      • ‘Josh just shook his head before clearing his throat to get some attention again.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Coach let us sulk for a minute or two, until finally clearing his throat, drawing our attention back to him.’
      • ‘I coughed, partly to clear my throat, partly to demand full attention.’
      • ‘And then I heard the sound of someone clearing their throat to get my attention.’
  • clear the way

    • 1Remove an obstacle or hindrance to allow progress.

      ‘the ruling could be enough to clear the way for impeachment proceedings’
      • ‘The surprise move clears the way for closing arguments, expected to begin as early as Wednesday.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘We are there to breach obstacles and clear the way for the fighting troops.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The move cleared the way for a new player to get involved.’
      • ‘Meanwhile, the hacksaw lashed out at anything that stood in its path, clearing the way just enough to create forward progress.’
      move aside, clear the way, make a space, make room, stand back
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      1. 1.1[in imperative]Stand 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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The contract I signed initially didn't say anything past the probation period, so I was in the clear to resign without notice.’
      • ‘So, thinking I was in the clear, I went about my business, free-wheeling and fancy-free the whole time.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Then I was in the clear, free from any desire to smoke.’
      • ‘He says this now means the rest of the team is in the clear.’
      • ‘But we also saw the light and knew that by Thursday we would be in the clear.’
      • ‘Well, I wouldn't say they're in the clear yet, but it's certainly died down a bit.’
      • ‘So, it's still not in the clear, by any stretch of the imagination.’
      • ‘You had a fleeting thought about getting caught when you made your plans three weeks ago, but you figured you were in the clear.’
      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’
      • ‘I've heard of lightning coming out of a clear sky.’
      • ‘When angered, people burn, things break and fly around, lightning may strike out of a clear sky.’
      • ‘However, the acts did not come 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.’

Phrasal Verbs

  • clear off

    • [usually in imperative]Go away.

      ‘“Clear off!” he yelled’
      • ‘He's had two children by her and then in 2002 he clears off.’
      go away, get out, leave
      be off with you!, shoo!, make yourself scarce!, on your way!
      beat it, push off, clear out, shove off, scram, scoot, skedaddle, buzz off
      hop it, sling your hook
      rack off
      bug off, take a hike
      voetsak, hamba
      piss off, bugger off
      begone
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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 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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I'm afraid you'll have to clear your desk out by the end of the day.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Well, the pond has been cleared out, filled with soil and now awaits planting as a bog garden.’
      • ‘Come January, the shops are cleared out overnight.’
      • ‘It read: ‘To the person who clears the house out.’’
      • ‘We spent the first three months just clearing it out.’
      • ‘In addition, the basement of the dorm was cleared out to provide storage and operating space for the college outdoor club.’
      • ‘When the house was cleared out, Dad took the tools home.’
      • ‘This week we are forced to raise further questions after it emerged that the museum at the hotel has been cleared out.’
  • clear up

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

      ‘all my health problems cleared up’
      • ‘If the condition clears up quickly, ensure that the child avoids strenuous exertion for at least a week afterwards.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘A standard vegetable-garden fungicide seems to cure it (but maybe the problem would clear up on its own).’
      • ‘The condition usually clears up within 7 to 14 days.’
      • ‘Viral conjunctivitis does not need specific medical treatment and will clear up on its own in two to three weeks.’
      • ‘After taking medication, Sarah's condition appeared to clear up.’
      • ‘These problems usually clear up with appropriate medical care, although some may require counseling.’
      • ‘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.’
    • 2(of the weather) become brighter.

      • ‘The weather has cleared up a lot and it's now sunny, but still windy.’
      • ‘But the weather is expected to clear up on Sunday, they said.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘If the weather clears up a little we might even go camping.’
      • ‘The weather cleared up later in the day and the sunset seemed to promise better things for the morrow.’
      • ‘When the weather clears up I'll be the one to take you on a tour of our fair city!’
      • ‘Of course, the weather soon cleared up again and July started nicely.’
      • ‘By the time we got down there the weather had cleared up a bit and the views looking down the valleys were fabulous.’
      • ‘But, there's a small bookstore nearby that we might visit until the weather clears 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.
        • ‘And after three days of heavy rain, it cleared up minutes before the ceremony.’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘The rain's cleared up; today's just grey but the air's wet.’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘Yeah, unless it clears up but the rain is still coming down hard.’
        • ‘The rain had cleared up, reduced to the slightest drizzle, and it was getting really dark.’
        • ‘The rain had cleared up, and all he could see were stars, stretching into unending vastness.’
        • ‘I'm looking forward to some good, old fashioned, outdoor summer fun - that is, providing all this rain over here clears up.’
        • ‘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.’
  • 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’
      • ‘An obsessively tidy man, he clears up after Elizabeth cooks.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Mr Messy was very messy and asked Mr Clean and Mr Tidy to clear up his house.’
      • ‘‘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.’
      • ‘Archaeologists clear up and tidy the remains of the past.’
      • ‘A field on the borders of Southend and Rochford has become a dangerous rubbish tip and should be cleared up immediately, a councillor said.’
      • ‘They also want the council to clear up the area, and remove abandoned cars.’
      • ‘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.’
      tidy, tidy up, put in order, straighten up, clean up, put to rights, make shipshape, spruce up
      empty, empty out, void, make vacant
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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.’
        • ‘Anyone caught not clearing up after their dog is liable to a £25 spot fine.’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘An Epsom pensioner is so fed up with the litter he says blights Nork Park he has cleared it up himself.’
        • ‘But just a few years ago the council set up its own Clean Team of paid workers to clear up rubbish around the district.’
        • ‘All we want is someone to come and clear up the rubbish on a regular basis.’
        • ‘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.’
    • 2Solve or explain something.

      ‘he wanted to clear up some misconceptions’
      • ‘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 want to clear something up so we get it straight.’
      • ‘Tim briefly explained what Grandpa had told to him, hopefully clearing things up.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I quickly cleared up the confusion with a follow up text to " disregard".’
      • ‘She could clear it up tomorrow by coming into the House and answering the questions.’
      • ‘OK, let's clear up what's really going on here.’
      • ‘And if that doesn't clear up any remaining confusion, I'm sorry.’
      • ‘I'm not necessarily telling you this to scare you or something, but I figured this could clear some things up.’
      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’
      • ‘Tablets can be taken during the first outbreak to ease symptoms and help clear it up.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘If your teenager has bad acne, your GP can prescribe medication to help clear it up.’
      • ‘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 this happens, a course of antibiotics can be prescribed and this will usually clear it up quickly.’
      • ‘Luckily, a German pharmacist understood my sign language and sold me a miracle cure that cleared it up in a few days.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Well, never mind, go to the clinic and they'll prescribe something to clear it up.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation:

clear

/ˈklir/