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 clarifying
But what they really need is a good, invigorating, clarifying, drawn-out fight.What Republicans Need Right Now Is a Good Internal Fight|James Poulos|November 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It is such an irritating movie that it has had the effect of clarifying, once and for all, why Braff himself is bothersome.
People who have struggled with morbid obesity often have a clarifying moment.Downsize Fitness, the Gym for Overweight Members Only|Daniel Gross|October 14, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The aim of Sex Week—composed of nearly 30 events—was to provide students with “clarifying experiences” on sex.Harvard Sex Week: Dirty Talk, the Female Orgasm, and More|Tara Wanda Merrigan|April 17, 2012|DAILY BEAST
We long for the clarifying crisis because the response to it is clear and direct.
Before all things, a means must be devised for improving and clarifying the understanding.Philosophy and The Social Problem|Will Durant
It is economy to use three pounds in the kettle, clarifying the fat when it is put away.The Story of Crisco|Marion Harris Neil
Nor did he it so much for clarifying phisicke, as to saue charges.
In that part of France they have a method of melting down and clarifying butter for winter use, instead of salting it.Valerie|Frederick Marryat
Hence arises the necessity of subjecting it immediately to clarifying processes, speedy in their action.A Dictionary of Arts, Manufactures and Mines|Andrew Ure
British Dictionary definitions for clarifying
verb -fies, -fying or -fied
Word Origin for clarify
Word Origin and History for clarifying
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.