- to make (an idea, statement, etc.) clear or intelligible; to free from ambiguity.
- to remove solid matter from (a liquid); to make into a clear or pellucid liquid.
- to free (the mind, intelligence, etc.) from confusion; revive: The short nap clarified his thoughts.
- to become clear, pure, or intelligible: The political situation clarified.
Origin of clarify
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Examples from the Web for clarification
They did not respond to multiple requests for clarification.Rand Paul Gives War a Chance
August 18, 2014
Shapiro has not responded to my request for clarification on his comment.‘Bomb Gaza’ Game Maker: ‘F**k Them All’
August 5, 2014
Clarification: in a country with vile, daily crimes against women it is wrong for privileged women to file trivial cases.How India’s Elites Encourage Rape
July 15, 2014
The Daily Beast reached out to Feliciano for clarification about his "ambiguously gay" statement."Why I Called Lindsey Graham 'Ambiguously Gay'"
March 14, 2014
Clarification of the U.S. intention to defend South Korea might have deterred Stalin, who respected the threat of force.Soviet-Era Secret Leakers Were Way Worse Than Snowden
August 7, 2013
A calmness had set in and with it had come a clarification of his thought.Cleo The Magnificent
After a second he thought of a clarification and added: "FBI."Out Like a Light
Gordon Randall Garrett
Dialectic is the handmaiden of virtue; and all clarification is morality.Philosophy and The Social Problem
When inferior sugar is employed, clarification is always necessary.Cooley's Practical Receipts, Volume II
Honoria hesitated, looking to the wide view for clarification.Atlantic Classics
- to make or become clear or easy to understand
- to make or become free of impurities
- to make (fat, butter, etc) clear by heating, etc, or (of fat, etc) to become clear as a result of such a process
Word Origin and History for clarification
1610s, "act of clearing or refining" (especially of liquid substances), from French clarification, from Late Latin clarificationem (nominative clarificatio), noun of action from past participle stem of clarificare (see clarify). The meaning "statement revising or expanding an earlier statement but stopping short of a correction" is attested by 1969, originally in newspapers.
early 14c., "make illustrious, make known," from Old French clarifiier "clarify, make clear, explain" (12c.), from Late Latin clarificare "to make clear," also "to glorify," from Latin clarificus "brilliant," from clarus "clear, distinct" (see clear (adj.)) + root of facere "to make, do" (see factitious).
Meaning "make clear, purify" is from early 15c. in English; intransitive sense of "grow or become clear" is from 1590s. Figurative sense of "to free from obscurity" is from 1823. Related: Clarified; clarifying.