verb (used with object), clar·i·fied, clar·i·fy·ing.
verb (used without object), clar·i·fied, clar·i·fy·ing.
Origin of clarify
Examples from the Web for clarify
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|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|DAILY BEAST
We tried to contact Santorum to clarify his meaning and did not hear back.
Pavlov's book will further explain and clarify the concept of the conditioned response mechanism.A Practical Guide to Self-Hypnosis|Melvin Powers
There can be no exceptions to this rule, and we can only clarify our ideas as to what is and what is not love.An Outline of Sexual Morality|Kenneth Ingram
It is afterwards filtered, and then suffered to remain at rest, to precipitate and clarify.Popular Technology; Volume 2|Edward Hazen
Will you clarify the palmprint that you are referring to on the rifle?Warren Commission (5 of 26): Hearings Vol. V (of 15)|The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
The teacher's own language and conception of the story will press in to simplify and clarify the meaning.Special Method in Primary Reading and Oral Work with Stories|Charles Alexander McMurry
verb -fies, -fying or -fied
Word Origin for clarify
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.