- 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 clarifier
Her ADHD subjects markedly gravitated toward the Ideator and Developer styles; her non-ADHD subjects toward the Clarifier role.
For each phase, a name: the Clarifier, the Ideator, the Developer, and the Implementer.
It is extensively employed as a clarifier in the sugar plantations of the West Indies, and elsewhere.
Is any other clarifier or any other evidence required to prove the pro-Peary frauds?My Attainment of the Pole
Frederick A. Cook
What intelligence has to do in the service of impulse is to act not as its obedient servant but as its clarifier and liberator.Human Nature and Conduct
When I came home from school at night, through a strangely permeated atmosphere, I beheld the clarifier simmering on the stove.Cape Cod Folks
Sarah P. McLean Greene
- 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 clarifier
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.