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clear

noun

  1. (innocence)  the state of being free of suspicion
    Type of: innocence
  2. (area)  a clear or unobstructed space or expanse of land or water
    Synonyms: open. Type of: area

verb

  1. (unclutter)  to rid of obstructions
    Synonyms: unclutter. Type of: change. Similar to: remove
  2. (create)  to make a way or path by removing objects
    Type of: make. Similar to: remove
  3. (light up)  to become clear
    Synonyms: brighten, clear up, light up.
  4. (permit)  to grant authorization or clearance for
    Synonyms: authorise [British spelling], authorize [American/Canadian spelling], pass. Type of:...
  5. (succeed)  to go unchallenged; to be approved
    Synonyms: pass. Type of: succeed
  6. (be debited, credited)  to be debited and credited to the proper bank accounts
  7. (vanish)  to go away or disappear
    Type of: vanish
  8. (overtake)  to pass by, over, or under without making contact
    Synonyms: top. Type of: pass
  9. (clarify)  to make free from confusion or ambiguity; to make clear
    Synonyms: clear up, crystalise [British spelling], crystalize [American/Canadian spelling],...
  10. (free, payment, customs)  to free from payment of customs duties, as of a shipment
    Type of: free
  11. (rid)  to clear from impurities, blemishes, pollution, and so on
    Type of: rid
  12. (yield)  to yield as a net profit
    Synonyms: net. Type of: yield. Similar to: net
  13. (profit)  to make as a net profit
    Synonyms: net, sack, sack up. Type of: profit. Similar to: gain, net
  14. (get)  to earn on some commercial or business transaction; to earn as salary or wages
    Synonyms: bring in, earn, gain, make, pull in, realise [British spelling], realize...
  15. (pass, inspection, receive)  to pass an inspection or receive authorization
    Type of: pass
  16. (pronounce)  to pronounce not guilty of criminal charges
    Synonyms: acquit ["acquit" for the past tense is archaic], assoil, discharge, exculpate, exonerate,...
  17. (settle)  to settle, as of a debt
    Synonyms: solve. Type of: settle
  18. (make clear, bright)  to make clear, bright, light, or translucent
    Type of: change
  19. (information technology)  to rid of instructions or data
    Topic: information technology. Type of: empty
  20. (take out)  to remove (people) from a building
    Type of: take out
  21. (remove, occupants of)  to remove the occupants of
    Type of: empty
  22. (free, throat, making)  to free (the throat) by making a rasping sound
    Synonyms: clear up. Type of: remove
  23. (commerce)  to exchange or deliver for money or its equivalent
    Synonyms: sell. Topic: commerce. Type of: exchange. Similar to: sell. Follows: sell out, trade...
  24. (remove something concrete)  to remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract
    Synonyms: empty, remove, take, take away, withdraw. Similar to: unclutter. Follows: dig out, dust

adjective

  1. (readily apparent, mind)  readily apparent to the mind
    Similar to: broad, clear-cut, limpid, prima facie, unmistakable, vivid. Described by: clarity
  2. (clear-headed)  free from confusion or doubt
    Similar to: clear-headed
  3. (unobstructed)  affording free passage or view
    Synonyms: open. Similar to: unobstructed
  4. (allowing light, pass)  allowing light to pass through
    Similar to: crystalline, hyaline, liquid, translucent, unclouded, unfrosted. Described by: clearness
  5. (free, contact, proximity)  free from contact, proximity, or connection
    Similar to: free
  6. (untroubled)  characterized by freedom from troubling thoughts (especially guilt)
    Similar to: untroubled
  7. (pure)  of sound or color, free from anything that dulls or dims
    Synonyms: clean, light, unclouded. Similar to: pure
  8. (unencumbered)  especially of a title, free from any encumbrance or limitation that presents a question of fact or law
    Synonyms: unmortgaged. Similar to: unencumbered
  9. (distinct)  clear and distinct to the senses; easily perceptible
    Synonyms: clean-cut, clear-cut. Similar to: distinct
  10. (well-defined)  accurately stated or described
    Synonyms: well-defined.
  11. (meteorology)  free from clouds, mist, or haze
    Topic: meteorology. Similar to: cloudless, fair, serene
  12. (unqualified)  free of restrictions or qualifications
    Synonyms: clean. Similar to: unqualified
  13. (perfect)  free from flaw, blemish, or impurity
    Similar to: perfect
  14. (nett)  clear of charges or deductions
    Similar to: nett
  15. (legible)  easily deciphered
    Synonyms: decipherable, readable. Similar to: legible
  16. (innocent)  freed from any question of guilt
    Synonyms: absolved, cleared, exculpated, exonerated, vindicated. Similar to: innocent
  17. (discerning)  characterized by ease and quickness in perceiving
    Synonyms: percipient. Similar to: discerning

adverb

  1. (clearly)  in an easily perceptible manner
    Synonyms: clearly.
  2. (wholly)  to a complete degree, or to the full or entire extent
    Synonyms: absolutely, all the way, altogether, completely, entirely, fully, really, right, simply,...

Etymology summary

"bright", from Old French cler "clear" (of sight and hearing), "light, bright,...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references

New World Dictionary:

clear | clearable [adjective, related] | clearer [noun, related] | clearly [adverb, related] | clearness [noun, related]

free from clouds or mist; bright; light | free from cloudiness, muddiness, etc.; transparent or pure; not turbid | having no blemishes | not faint or ... (23 of 428 words, 42 definitions, 20 usage examples, pronunciation, 1 image)

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Random House Dictionary:

clear | clearer [comparative] | clearest [superlative] | clr. [abbreviation] | clear away or off [sense-specific] | clear out [sense-specific] | clear up [sense-specific] | in the clear [sense-specific] | en clair [sense-specific] | ...

free from darkness, obscurity, or cloudiness; light. | transparent; pellucid. | without discoloration, defect, or blemish. | of a pure, even color. | ... (19 of 1242 words, 74 definitions, 55 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Oxford Dictionary:

clear | as | out | clear up | clear of | clear to | clear the air | clear as a bell | clear as day | ...

easy to perceive, understand, or interpret | leaving no doubt; obvious or unambiguous | having or feeling no doubt or confusion | [substances] ... (20 of 1214 words, 60 definitions, 74 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Collins Dictionary:

clear | unconstricted [medicine, arteries, synonym] | in the clear [sense-specific] | clear the air [sense-specific] | clear the decks [sense-specific] | in clear [synonym, sense-specific] | light [synonym, sense-specific] | clearance [synonym, sense-specific] | bright [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

free from darkness or obscurity; bright | (of weather) free from dullness or clouds | transparent | even and pure in tone or colour | without ... (22 of 1129 words, 55 definitions, 22 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

clear [verb] | cleared [past tense] | clearing [present participle] | clears [3rd-person singular present] | clear the air | clear the decks | clear your desk | clear someone's name | clear your throat | ...

[transitive] to remove people or things from a place where they are not wanted ; [intransitive] if a place clears, the people in it leave it | ... (26 of 783 words, 23 definitions, 28 usage examples, pronunciation)

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clear | clearer [comparative] | clearest [superlative] | be as clear as a bell | be as clear as day | be as clear as mud | clear blue water | is that clear?/do I make myself clear?

obvious and impossible to doubt | easy to understand | easy to hear | transparent | easy to see | not confused | if a surface, road, or passage is ... (24 of 609 words, 22 definitions, 35 usage examples, pronunciation)

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clear [adverb] | clearer [comparative] | clearest [superlative] | clear to/across/down etc | keep/stay/steer clear of

completely away from something, or out of the way | "clear to/across/down etc": all the way to/across/down etc | "keep/stay/steer clear of": to avoid ... (22 of 83 words, 3 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)

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clear [noun] | in the clear

"in the clear": no longer believed to be guilty of something bad or illegal | no longer in a difficult or dangerous situation (22 of 61 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

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American Heritage Dictionary:

clear | cleared [past tense] | clearing [present participle] | clears [3rd-person singular present] | clearer [comparative] | clearest [superlative] | clear out | clearable [adjective, related] | clearly [adverb, related] | ...

Free from clouds, mist, or haze | Not obscured or darkened; bright | Easily seen through; transparent | Free from flaw, blemish, or impurity | Free ... (22 of 551 words, 46 definitions, 28 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Merriam-Webster:

clear [entry 1, adjective] | clean [synonym, sense-specific] | unmistakable [synonym, sense-specific] | sure [synonym, sense-specific] | innocent [synonym, sense-specific] | bright [synonym, sense-specific] | cloudless [synonym, sense-specific] | untroubled [synonym, sense-specific] | transparent [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

"bright", "luminous" ; "cloudless" ; specifically, less than one-tenth covered ; free from mist, haze, or dust ; "untroubled", "serene" | "clean", ... (21 of 508 words, 6 definitions, 25 usage examples, pronunciation)

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clear [entry 2, adverb]

in a clear manner | all the way (7 of 52 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples)

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clear [entry 3, verb] | clear the air | clear the decks | exonerate [synonym, sense-specific] | explain [synonym, sense-specific] | pass [synonym, sense-specific] | vindicate [synonym, sense-specific] | enlighten [synonym, sense-specific] | open [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

to make clear or translucent ; to free from pollution or cloudiness | to free from accusation or blame; "exonerate", "vindicate" | to give insight to; ... (24 of 533 words, 13 definitions, 18 usage examples, pronunciations)

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clear [entry 4, noun] | in the clear

a clear space or part | a high arcing shot over an opponent's head in badminton | "in the clear": in inside measurement | free from guilt or suspicion ... (26 of 65 words, 5 definitions, 1 usage example)

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Wikipedia:

Clear [disambiguation]

may refer to: Clear (magazine), a fashion, art and luxury and design magazine | Clear (visual novel), a 2007 adult Japanese visual novel | Clear (band), a vegan straight edge hardcore group from Utah | Clear (Christian band), an American CCM group from... (40 of 402 words, 27 definitions)

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Wiktionary:

clear | clears [plural] | cleared [past tense] | clearing [present participle] | stub [synonym, sense-specific] | obscure [antonym, sense-specific] | thick [antonym, sense-specific] | entirely [synonym, sense-specific] | plainly [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

Completely transparent in colour | Bright, not dark or obscured. | Free of obstacles. | Without clouds. | Free of ambiguity or doubt. | Distinct, sharp, well-marked. | [figurative] Free of guilt, or suspicion. | [meteorology] Of the sky, such that less... (35 of 293 words, 29 definitions, 27 usage examples, pronunciations)

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Cambridge Dictionary:

clear [entry 16]

to have a sum of money left from your earnings after any necessary payments, charges, taxes, etc. (17 of 31 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

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clear [entry 1] | Do I make myself clear? | Is that clear?

easy to understand, hear, read or see | "Do I make myself clear?": ("Is that clear?") something you say in order to emphasize what you have just said, ... (27 of 74 words, 2 definitions, 5 usage examples, pronunciations)

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clear [entry 17]

to (cause a cheque to) go from one bank to another through a central organization, so that money can be paid to the person it's owed to (27 of 51 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

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clear [entry 2]

certain, having no doubt, or obvious (6 of 75 words, 5 usage examples, pronunciations)

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clear [entry 18]

to jump or go over something without touching it (9 of 27 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

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clear [entry 3]

not cloudy, foggy or with any marks, but pure or easy to see through | describes a pleasant, pure sound | describes something that you remember easily (25 of 106 words, 3 definitions, 8 usage examples, pronunciations)

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clear [entry 19] | steer/stay/keep clear | steer clear | stay clear | keep clear

not touching, or away from | "steer/stay/keep clear": to avoid something or someone (12 of 49 words, 2 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciations)

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clear [entry 4]

not covered or blocked by anything | not busy or filled by any planned activity (14 of 93 words, 2 definitions, 5 usage examples, pronunciations)

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clear [entry 5]

without being or feeling guilty (5 of 18 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

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clear [entry 6]

free from confusion; able to think quickly and well (9 of 29 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

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clear [entry 7, after verb]

not troubled; without difficulties (4 of 30 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

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clear [entry 8]

describes a sum of money that is left after all necessary payments have been made (15 of 42 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

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clear [entry 9]

not touching something, or away from something (7 of 44 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

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clear [entry 10] | clear your throat

to remove or get rid of whatever is blocking or filling something, or to stop being blocked or full | "clear your throat": to give a small cough (27 of 172 words, 2 definitions, 10 usage examples, pronunciations)

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clear [entry 11]

to prove that someone is not guilty of something that they were accused of (14 of 36 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

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clear [entry 12]

to give official permission for something | to satisfy the official conditions of something (13 of 77 words, 2 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciations)

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clear [entry 13]

to become or make something pure or easy to see through (11 of 75 words, 4 usage examples, pronunciations)

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clear [entry 14]

to make your mind free from confusion so that you can think quickly and well (15 of 43 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

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clear [entry 15] | clear your debts/clear yourself of debts | clear your debts yourself of debts | clear your clear yourself of debts

to pay back all the money that you owe (9 of 25 words, pronunciations)

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Encarta Dictionary:

clear | cleared [past tense] | clearing [present participle] | clears [3rd-person singular present] | clearer [comparative] | clearest [superlative]

free from anything that darkens or obscures | able to be seen through | free from clouds, mist, or airborne particles | pure in color or hue | free ... (25 of 929 words, 43 definitions, pronunciation)

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Etymology references

Online Etymology:

clear

First use: late 13th century

Origin: "bright", from Old French cler "clear" (of sight and hearing), "light, bright, shining; sparse" (12th century, Mod.French clair), from ... (22 of 142 etymology words)

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Wiktionary:

clear | clears [plural] | cleared [past tense] | clearing [present participle]

Origin: Middle English clere, from Anglo-Norman cler, from Old French cler (Modern French clair), from Latin clarus. Displaced native Middle English schir ("clear, pure") (from Old English scīr ("clear,... (28 of 58 etymology words)

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American Heritage Dictionary:

clear | cleared [past tense] | clearing [present participle] | clears [3rd-person singular present] | clearer [comparative] | clearest [superlative]

Origin: Middle English cler, from Old French, from Latin clārus, clear, bright; see kelə- [entry 2] in Indo-European roots.

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Collins Dictionary:

clear

First use: 13th century

Origin: clere, from Old French cler, from Latin clārus clear, bright, brilliant, illustrious

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New World Dictionary:

clear

Origin: Middle English cler from Old French from Latin clarus, originally, clear-sounding, hence clear, bright

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Oxford Dictionary:

clear | as | out | clear up | clear of | clear to

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

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Merriam-Webster:

clear [entry 1, adjective]

First use: 13th century

Origin: Middle English clere, from Anglo-French cler, from Latin clarus clear, bright; akin to Latin calare to call

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Encarta Dictionary:

clear | cleared [past tense] | clearing [present participle] | clears [3rd-person singular present] | clearer [comparative] | clearest [superlative]

First use: 13th century

Origin: Old French cler from Latin clarus "clear, bright"

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Audio references

Wiktionary:

clear | clears [plural] | cleared [past tense] | clearing [present participle]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "clear"

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Collins Dictionary:

clear

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

clear [verb] | cleared [past tense] | clearing [present participle] | clears [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "clear"

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clear | clearer [comparative] | clearest [superlative]

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clear [adverb] | clearer [comparative] | clearest [superlative]

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clear [noun]

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Macmillan American Dictionary:

clear [verb] | cleared [past tense] | clearing [present participle] | clears [3rd-person singular present]

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clear [adjective] | clearer [comparative] | clearest [superlative]

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clear [adverb] | clearer [comparative] | clearest [superlative]

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clear [noun]

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Cambridge Dictionary:

clear [entry 3]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "clear"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "clear"

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the Free Dictionary:

clear

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Google Dictionary:

clear | cleared [past tense] | clearing [present participle] | clears [3rd-person singular present] | clearer [comparative] | clearest [superlative]

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

clear

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YourDictionary Audio:

clear

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freedictionary.org:

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