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 become clear, pure, or intelligible: The political situation clarified.
- clar·i·fi·ca·tion [klar-uh-fuh-key-shuhn], /ˌklær ə fəˈkeɪ ʃən/, noun
- clar·i·fi·er, noun
- non·clar·i·fied, adjective
- un·clar·i·fied, adjective
- un·clar·i·fy·ing, adjective
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How to use clarify in a sentence
He clarified that he wasn’t talking about “the Al Capone situation, where you have someone who committed countless crimes and you decide to prosecute him for only the clearest violation that carries a sufficient penalty.”
On Thursday, the House Intelligence Committee made public a seven-page supplement drafted by the whistleblower’s counsel to clarify what Murphy alleged — and it’s still troubling.What to make of the DHS whistleblower’s shocking complaint | Alex Ward | September 11, 2020 | Vox
This story has been updated to clarify the nature of ADP TotalSource.ADP, the biggest U.S. payroll service, won’t implement Trump’s ‘tax holiday’ for some clients | Jeff | September 8, 2020 | Fortune
As scientists get closer to understanding how the brain operates, they’re going to be able to start clarifying those limits in totally new ways.
District spokesman Manny Rubio clarified after publication that she will not receive any payout, beyond what she earns while on paid leave.
Editor's Note: This story had been amended to clarify Jeffrey Wright's Naval service.
If this is what Congress intended, all that is needed is for Congress to clarify that expressly.
He then abruptly departed for reasons that the school declines to clarify.Alleged U.Va. Abductor Accused of Rape at Christian College | Michael Daly | September 28, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
She refused to criticize the group by name or clarify whether she believed that ethnic Koreans had special privileges.For Top Pols In Japan Crime Doesn’t Pay, But Hate Crime Does | Jake Adelstein, Angela Erika Kubo | September 26, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
We tried to contact Santorum to clarify his meaning and did not hear back.
Klarúha ang puntu sa buut mung ipasabut, clarify the point that you want to make.A Dictionary of Cebuano Visayan | John U. Wolff
Just a routine checkup to clarify some points we're interested in.The Judas Valley | Gerald Vance
Most of the post-cranial features do not help to clarify relationships.
If we should, however, thus enlarge the scope of our inquiry, we should increase but not clarify our problems.The American Country Girl | Martha Foote Crow
After it has been strained, to-morrow, we shall clarify it in order to show the process, which is very simple.
British Dictionary definitions for clarify
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
- clarification, noun
- clarifier, noun
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