- (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.
- 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.
OTHER WORDS FOR clear
OPPOSITES FOR clear
Idioms about clear
- absolved of blame or guilt; free: He was suspected of the theft, but evidence put him in the clear.
- en clair.
Origin of clear
synonym study for clear
OTHER WORDS FROM clear
How to use clear in a sentence
The clearest precursor of this scenario was Helios Airways Flight 522 flying from Cyprus to Athens in August 2005.The Flight 370 Zombie Theory Rises From the Dead|Clive Irving|June 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“One of the clearest memories I have is looking up at the breathing mask and seeing that it had blood on it,” she says.Hallucinating Away a Heroin Addiction|Abby Haglage|May 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“I may not have been the clearest in my statements, obviously,” she said of her “busy” gaffe.The 'RedState Women' Wooing Scheme|Michelle Cottle|April 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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.Allan Gurganus: How I Write|Noah Charney|October 16, 2013|DAILY BEAST
And yet the demand has the clearest and strongest basis of natural and eternal justice, as any fair mind must confess.Glances at Europe|Horace Greeley
Perhaps she did not repeat the prayer as a charm, answered Tessa, in her clearest tones.Tessa Wadsworth's Discipline|Jennie M. Drinkwater
Monck Mason seems to have had the clearest notion of the requirements of the passage.
Everything which takes place in the world proves to us in the clearest way that it is not governed by an intelligent being.Superstition In All Ages (1732)|Jean Meslier
The clergyman placed before her in the clearest way the great truths of the Gospel.Digby Heathcote|W.H.G. Kingston
British Dictionary definitions for clear
- 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 forms of clearclearable, adjectiveclearer, nounclearness, noun
Word Origin for clear
Other Idioms and Phrases with clear
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