- 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
Synonyms for clarify
- 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 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.