- 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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Related Wordsresolve, formulate, simplify, analyze, interpret, define, delineate, elucidate, settle, illuminate, illustrate, rarefy, distill, filter, refine, clean, cleanse, depurate
Examples from the Web for clarified
So, in an unusual order (PDF) issued on New Years Day, District Judge Robert Hinkle clarified the issue.The Back Alley, Low Blow-Ridden Fight to Stop Gay Marriage in Florida Is Finally Over
January 5, 2015
Paul has since clarified that he would not, in fact, support drone use in normal criminal situations.Rand Paul Gives War a Chance
August 18, 2014
Last week in an interview with The Daily Beast, Cuban clarified but reaffirmed his warning.Mark Cuban Warns That Basketball Players Could Get the Sterling Treatment Next
June 3, 2014
Though she has clarified that she “and the autism community” are not anti-vaccine per se, they are “anti-toxin and anti-schedule.”Twitter Crushes Anti-Vaccination Queen Jenny McCarthy
The Daily Beast
March 15, 2014
“I would have hoped some of the parameters were clarified in the initial deal,” he said.Why the Iranian Nuclear Deal Is Dangerous
November 24, 2013
The clarified butter that accompanies it is excellent for fish sauce.
Spread on some of the clarified butter, and then another coat of crumbs.
Strain the liquor through a tammis into a jug, with the peel of a lemon cut very thin, and two table-spoonfuls of clarified sugar.
The aims of the translator were also clarified by definition of his audience.Early Theories of Translation
Flora Ross Amos
Then I saw it, a mere moving dot of black; but suddenly it clarified.Wandl the Invader
Raymond King Cummings
- 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 clarified
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.