- 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 clarify
Editor's Note: This story had been amended to clarify Jeffrey Wright's Naval service.The Navy ‘Hero’ Who Pimped an HIV-Positive Teen
December 11, 2014
If this is what Congress intended, all that is needed is for Congress to clarify that expressly.The GOP Could Make Obama Kill Obamacare
November 10, 2014
He then abruptly departed for reasons that the school declines to clarify.Alleged U.Va. Abductor Accused of Rape at Christian College
September 28, 2014
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
We tried to contact Santorum to clarify his meaning and did not hear back.Fact-Checking the Sunday Shows, July 13
July 13, 2014
If not perfectly bright after straining, you may clarify it in this manner.Directions for Cookery, in its Various Branches
See if your stock jellies, by trying it on ice before you clarify.Culture and Cooking
Then add all the other ingredients and clarify (see To clear Jellies).The Skilful Cook
Two minutes is quite sufficient to set the egg and clarify the jelly.Nelson's Home Comforts
If we cannot hope to clarify it to the comprehension of the average, we may at least do so for some.Sex=The Unknown Quantity
- 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 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.