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clarify

[ klar-uh-fahy ]
/ ˈklær əˌfaɪ /
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verb (used with object), clar·i·fied, clar·i·fy·ing.

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.

verb (used without object), clar·i·fied, clar·i·fy·ing.

to become clear, pure, or intelligible: The political situation clarified.

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Origin of clarify

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English, from Middle French clarifier, from Late Latin clārificāre, equivalent to Latin clār(us) “clear” + -ificāre -ify

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British Dictionary definitions for clarify

clarify
/ (ˈklærɪˌfaɪ) /

verb -fies, -fying or -fied

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

Derived forms of clarify

clarification, nounclarifier, noun

Word Origin for clarify

C14: from Old French clarifier, from Late Latin clārificāre, from Latin clārus clear + facere to make
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