- 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 clarifying
But what they really need is a good, invigorating, clarifying, drawn-out fight.What Republicans Need Right Now Is a Good Internal Fight
November 6, 2014
It is such an irritating movie that it has had the effect of clarifying, once and for all, why Braff himself is bothersome.Zach Braff’s Irritating Sense of Entitlement
July 18, 2014
People who have struggled with morbid obesity often have a clarifying moment.Downsize Fitness, the Gym for Overweight Members Only
October 14, 2013
The aim of Sex Week—composed of nearly 30 events—was to provide students with “clarifying experiences” on sex.Harvard Sex Week: Dirty Talk, the Female Orgasm, and More
Tara Wanda Merrigan
April 17, 2012
We long for the clarifying crisis because the response to it is clear and direct.Apocalypse When?
August 28, 2011
Nor did he it so much for clarifying phisicke, as to saue charges.
It is also used for clarifying coffee, beer and other drinks.
Yet this will ordinarily be confusing rather than clarifying to an exact scholar.The Covenant of Salt
Henry Clay Trumbull
A radiant effulgence of light was around us, clarifying, growing.Astounding Stories of Super-Science January 1930
As he paused again, looking at them, he saw it all with a clarifying simplicity.Lifted Masks
- 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 clarifying
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.