adjective, clear·er, clear·est.
- (of an l-sound) having front-vowel resonance; situated before a vowel in the same syllable.Compare dark(def 16a).
- (of a speech sound) produced without frication or aspiration.
adverb, clear·er, clear·est.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- to comply with customs and other requirements legally imposed on entering or leaving a port (often followed by in or out).
- to leave port after having complied with such requirements.
- to remove in order to make room.
- to leave; escape: We were warned to clear off before the floods came.
- to disappear; vanish: When the smoke cleared away, we saw that the house was in ruins.
- to remove the contents of: Clear out the closet.
- to remove; take away: Clear out your clothes from the closet.
- to go away, especially quickly or abruptly.
- to drive or force out: The police cleared out the pickets by force.
- to make clear; explain; solve.
- to put in order; tidy up.
- to become better or brighter, as the weather.
- absolved of blame or guilt; free: He was suspected of the theft, but evidence put him in the clear.
- en clair.
Origin of clear
SYNONYMS FOR clear
Examples from the Web for clearest
The clearest precursor of this scenario was Helios Airways Flight 522 flying from Cyprus to Athens in August 2005.
“One of the clearest memories I have is looking up at the breathing mask and seeing that it had blood on it,” she says.
“I may not have been the clearest in my statements, obviously,” she said of her “busy” gaffe.
We believe this research provides one of the clearest pictures to date of conditions on the ground in Syria.Aleppo Conflict Map Shows Assad’s Control By Neighborhood|David Kilcullen, Nate Rosenblatt|March 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
There is a stillness in the early hours that feels to me the clearest, healthiest drug humanly available.
Is not this one of the clearest possible proofs that all nature is animated?The philosophy of life, and philosophy of language, in a course of lectures|Frederick von Schlegel
The clearest demonstration of the human authorship of the Pentateuch proves nothing about its immunity from errors.Short Studies on Great Subjects|James Anthony Froude
The clearest narrative will add nothing to your present knowledge.Wieland; or The Transformation|Charles Brockden Brown
The tract is of the smallest bulk, the clearest type, the best paper, and the cheapest price.Rome in 1860|Edward Dicey
Thus the majority of the Chamber, with the clearest warning of danger, insisted on giving the aggressor every possible advantage.History of Modern Europe 1972-1878|C. A. Fyffe
British Dictionary definitions for clearest
- free of suspicion, guilt, or blame
- sport able to receive a pass without being tackled
- (of the weather) to become free from dullness, fog, rain, etc
- (of mist, fog, etc) to disappear
- to achieve transmission of (a signalled message) and acknowledgment of its receipt at its destination
- to decode (a message, etc)
Derived Formsclearable, adjectiveclearer, nounclearness, noun
Word Origin for clear
Idioms and Phrases with clearest
In addition to the idioms beginning with clear
- clear as a bell
- clear as crystal
- clear as mud
- clear away
- clear off
- clear one's name
- clear out
- clear the air
- clear the decks
- clear the table
- clear up
- clear with
- coast is clear
- free and clear
- have a clear conscience
- in the clear
- loud and clear
- out of a clear blue sky
- see one's way (clear)
- steer clear of