Definition of clearly in US English:



  • 1In such a way as to allow easy and accurate perception or interpretation.

    ‘the ability to write clearly’
    as submodifier ‘on white paper, the seeds are clearly visible’
    • ‘A union motion calling for the policy to be scrapped was clearly carried on a show of hands.’
    • ‘People come forward from the audience and they tell us very clearly how they feel.’
    • ‘The language is very simple and when they have had to use an unusual term it is clearly explained.’
    • ‘To shut me up he sent me a caption in which the painstaking hours of work were clearly visible.’
    • ‘Maybe an ability to see things as clearly as that is a gift you can't get rid of, even if you wanted to.’
    • ‘To identify who I am, a sticker like the one below will clearly be on display.’
    • ‘A seed was judged to be germinated when the root tip had clearly penetrated the seed coat.’
    • ‘A run will be clearly visible with this rig; any movement is a take as the bait is dead.’
    • ‘Every time they looked up from behind the cash desk the poster was clearly visible.’
    • ‘Can we create one of our own that is heard as clearly by the public in general?’
    • ‘She always seems to have something interesting to say, and says it clearly and well.’
    • ‘He also made use of the rule that what is clearly and distinctly perceived is true or real.’
    • ‘They must display both their blue badge and a clock card clearly to say when they first parked.’
    • ‘We can see the pattern of the upward swing of the interest rate cycle reasonably clearly.’
    • ‘Now you hear clearly the sound of the trains and see them towering over the park.’
    intelligibly, plainly, distinctly, comprehensibly, understandably, perspicuously, with clarity
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    1. 1.1sentence adverb Without doubt; obviously.
      ‘clearly, there have been disasters and reversals here’
      • ‘He is clearly a hard working and sincere musician, who puts every effort into his craft.’
      • ‘It was a lovely photograph of two young people clearly happy in each other's company.’
      • ‘It is clearly an opportunity we wish to grab to assist in real practical changes.’
      • ‘The balance is still not even, but they are clearly doing something better than us.’
      • ‘There is no rite of passage that so clearly separates the devout from the damned.’
      • ‘In this adaptation we were clearly meant to think that this was harsh and unfair.’
      • ‘They clearly adore these plants and are keen to share their passion with a fresh audience.’
      • ‘The challenge of how to make money out of downloadable music is clearly too taxing for them.’
      • ‘The ability to analyze a line and see all the moves clearly falls under this ability.’
      • ‘It's clearly a problem that so many people think they are ill, but what do ministers do?’
      • ‘These are bonuses that clearly have not been earned by the underlying fund itself.’
      • ‘The book has been written by a host of people who clearly have expertise in this subject.’
      • ‘Each player must keep the number of cards that they own clearly visible at all times.’
      • ‘They look to have added class to a squad that clearly has the ability to stand out from the chasing pack.’
      • ‘Gaze at it across the waters from the white sands of Morar and it clearly has two distinct parts.’
      • ‘At least then they'd have to legally face up to what they're clearly trying to incite.’
      • ‘He's also the sort of person who enjoys debate, but clearly likes to win the argument.’
      • ‘I think the time has come for people to be able to state clearly their wishes in a given situation.’
      • ‘He's a man with an immediate warmth and his family clearly means everything to him.’
      • ‘With a look of determination about her, the composer is clearly up for the challenge.’
      obviously, evidently, patently, unquestionably, undoubtedly, without doubt, indubitably, plainly, decidedly, surely, assuredly, certainly, definitely, undeniably, incontrovertibly, irrefutably, incontestably, unmistakably, doubtless
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