clear

[[t]klɪ͟ə(r)[/t]]
clearer, clearest, clears, clearing, cleared
1) ADJ-GRADED Something that is clear is easy to understand, see, or hear.

The book is clear, readable and adequately illustrated...

The space telescope has taken the clearest pictures ever of Pluto...

He repeated his answer, this time in a clear, firm tone of voice.

Ant:
unclear, confusing
Derived words:
clearly ADV-GRADED usu ADV -ed/adj, also ADV after v

Whales journey up the coast of Africa, clearly visible from the beach...

It was important for children to learn to express themselves clearly.

2) ADJ-GRADED: oft it v-link ADJ that/wh Something that is clear is obvious and impossible to be mistaken about.

It was a clear case of homicide...

The clear message of the scientific reports is that there should be a drastic cut in car use...

A spokesman said the British government's position is perfectly clear...

It became clear that I hadn't been able to convince Mike...

It's not clear whether the incident was an accident or deliberate.

Syn:
obvious, plain
Ant:
Derived words:
clearly ADV-GRADED ADV with cl/group

Clearly, the police cannot break the law in order to enforce it...

He clearly believes that India should have de-valued its currency.

3) ADJ-GRADED: usu v-link ADJ about/on n/wh If you are clear about something, you understand it completely.

It is important to be clear about what Chomsky is doing here...

He is not entirely clear on how he will go about it...

People use scientific terms with no clear idea of their meaning.

4) ADJ-GRADED If your mind or your way of thinking is clear, you are able to think sensibly and reasonably, and you are not affected by confusion or by a drug such as alcohol.

She needed a clear head to carry out her instructions.

Derived words:
clearly ADV-GRADED ADV after v

The only time I can think clearly is when I'm alone.

5) VERB To clear your mind or your head means to free it from confused thoughts or from the effects of a drug such as alcohol.

[V n] He walked up Fifth Avenue to clear his head...

[V n of n] Our therapists will show you how to clear your mind of worries.

6) ADJ: usu ADJ n A clear substance is one which you can see through and which has no colour, like clean water.

...a clear glass panel.

...a clear gel...

The water is clear and plenty of fish are visible.

Syn:
7) ADJ-GRADED: usu ADJ n A clear colour is bright and strong.

He has clear blue eyes and a dazzling smile.

8) ADJ: usu v-link ADJ If a surface, place, or view is clear, it is free of unwanted objects or obstacles.

The runway is clear - go ahead and land...

All exits must be kept clear in case of fire or a bomb scare...

Caroline prefers her worktops to be clear of clutter...

The windows will allow a clear view of the beach.

9) VERB When you clear an area or place or clear something from it, you remove things from it that you do not want to be there.

[V n] To clear the land and harvest the bananas they decided they needed a male workforce...

[V n] Stewart was trying to clear a path for the stretcher...

[V n of n] Workers could not clear the tunnels of smoke...

[V n from/off n] Firemen were still clearing rubble from apartments damaged at the scene of the attack. [Also V n with adv]

10) VERB If something or someone clears the way or the path for something to happen, they make it possible.

[V n for n] The Prime Minister resigned today, clearing the way for the formation of a new government...

[V n for n to-inf] A court in Berlin has dropped the charges against him, clearing the way for him to leave Germany.

11) ADJ-GRADED If it is a clear day or if the sky is clear, there is no mist, rain, or cloud.

On a clear day you can see the French coast...

The winter sky was clear.

12) VERB When fog or mist clears, it gradually disappears.

The early morning mist had cleared.

13) ADJ-GRADED Clear eyes look healthy, attractive, and shining.

...clear blue eyes...

Her eyes were clear and steady.

14) ADJ-GRADED If your skin is clear, it is healthy and free from spots.
15) ADJ If you say that your conscience is clear, you mean you do not think you have done anything wrong.

Mr Garcia said his conscience was clear over the jail incidents...

I can look back on things with a clear conscience. I did everything I could.

16) ADJ: v-link ADJ of n, v n ADJ If something or someone is clear of something else, it is not touching it or is a safe distance away from it.

As soon as he was clear of the terminal building he looked round...

She placed a towel on a cluster of rocks just clear of the tidemark...

He lifted him clear of the deck with one arm.

17) ADV: usu V after ADV If you drive clear to a place, especially a place that is far away, you go all the way there without delays. [AM]

After that they drove clear over to St Paul.

Syn:
18) VERB If an animal or person clears an object or clears a certain height, they jump over the object, or over something that height, without touching it.

[V n] Sotomayor, the Cuban holder of the world high jump record, cleared 2.36 metres.

19) V-ERG When a bank clears a cheque or when a cheque clears, the bank agrees to pay the sum of money mentioned on it.

[V n] Polish banks can still take two or three weeks to clear a cheque...

Allow time for the cheque to clear.

20) VERB: usu passive If a course of action is cleared, people in authority give permission for it to happen.

[be V-ed] Linda Gradstein has this report from Jerusalem, which was cleared by an Israeli censor...

[be V-ed for n] Within an hour, the helicopter was cleared for take-off...

[be V-ed for n] The hormone, developed by US drug companies, is expected to be cleared for use in the US soon. [Also be V-ed to-inf]

21) VERB If someone is cleared, they are proved to be not guilty of a crime or mistake.

[be V-ed of n/-ing] She was cleared of murder and jailed for just five years for manslaughter...

[V n] In a final effort to clear her name, Eunice has written a book.

22) See also , crystal clear
23) CONVENTION You can say `Is that clear?' or `Do I make myself clear?' after you have told someone your wishes or instructions, to make sure that they have understood you, and to emphasize your authority.

We're only going for half an hour, and you're not going to buy anything. Is that clear?

24) PHRASE: v-link PHR, PHR after v If someone is in the clear, they are not in danger, or are not blamed or suspected of anything.

The Audit Commission said that the ministry was in the clear.

25) PHRASE: V inflects, oft PHR that If you make something clear, you say something in a way that makes it impossible for there to be any doubt about your meaning, wishes, or intentions.

Mr O'Friel made it clear that further insults of this kind would not be tolerated...

The far-right has now made its intentions clear.

26) PHR-PREP: amount PREP n If something or someone is a certain amount clear of a competitor, they are that amount ahead of them in a competition or race. [BRIT]

Kevin Keegan's team are now seven points clear of West Ham...

He crossed the line three seconds clear of Tom Snape.

27) PHRASE: V inflects, oft PHR of n If you steer clear or stay clear of someone or something, you avoid them.

The rabbis try to steer clear of political questions.

Syn:
28) to clear the airsee air
the coast is clearsee coast
to clear the deckssee deck
loud and clearsee loud
to clear your throatsee throat
Phrasal Verbs:

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