[ kleer-ing ]
/ ˈklɪər ɪŋ /


the act of a person or thing that clears; the process of becoming clear.
a tract of land, as in a forest, that contains no trees or bushes.
the reciprocal exchange between banks of checks and drafts, and the settlement of the differences.
clearings, the total of claims settled at a clearinghouse.

Origin of clearing

First recorded in 1350–1400, clearing is from the Middle English word clering. See clear, -ing1

Related forms

un·clear·ing, adjective

Definition for clearing (2 of 2)

Origin of clear

1250–1300; Middle English clere < Anglo-French, Old French cler < Latin clārus

Related forms

Synonym study

3. See clean. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for clearing

British Dictionary definitions for clearing (1 of 2)


/ (ˈklɪərɪŋ) /


an area with few or no trees or shrubs in wooded or overgrown land

British Dictionary definitions for clearing (2 of 2)

Derived Forms

clearable, adjectiveclearer, nounclearness, noun

Word Origin for clear

C13 clere, from Old French cler, from Latin clārus clear, bright, brilliant, illustrious
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Idioms and Phrases with clearing


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

also see:

  • 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
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