clear meaning

[ kliə ] Pronunciation:   "clear" in a sentence
Adjective: clear (clearer,clearest)  klir [N. Amer], kliu(r) [Brit]
  1. Readily apparent to the mind
    "a clear and present danger"; "a clear explanation"; "a clear case of murder"; "a clear indication that she was angry"; "gave us a clear idea of human nature" 
  2. Free from confusion or doubt
    "a complex problem requiring a clear head"; "not clear about what is expected of us" 
  3. Affording free passage or view
    "a clear view"; "a clear path to victory"
Verb: clear  klir [N. Amer], kliu(r) [Brit]
  1. Rid of obstructions
    "Clear your desk"
    - unclutter 
  2. Make a way or path by removing objects
    "Clear a path through the dense forest" 
  3. Become clear
    "The sky cleared after the storm"
    - clear up, light up, brighten 
  4. Grant authorization or clearance for
    "Clear the manuscript for publication"
    - authorize, authorise [Brit], pass 
  5. Remove
    "clear the leaves from the lawn"; "Clear snow from the road" 
  6. Go unchallenged; be approved
    "The bill cleared the House"
    - pass 
  7. Be debited and credited to the proper bank accounts
    "The payment should clear within 2 business days" 
  8. Go away or disappear
    "The fog cleared in the afternoon" 
  9. Pass by, over, or under without making contact
    "the balloon cleared the tree tops"
    - top 
  10. Make free from confusion or ambiguity; make clear
    "Clear up the question of who is at fault"
    - clear up, shed light on, crystallize, crystallise [Brit], crystalize, crystalise [Brit], straighten out, sort out, enlighten, illuminate, elucidate 
  11. Free from payment of customs duties, as of a shipment
    "Clear the ship and let it dock" 
  12. Clear from impurities, blemishes, pollution, etc.
    "clear the water before it can be drunk" 
  13. Yield as a net profit
    - net 
  14. Make as a net profit
    "The company cleared $1 million"
    - net, sack, sack up 
  15. Earn on some commercial or business transaction; earn as salary or wages
    "He clears $5,000 each month"
    - gain, take in, make, earn, realize, realise [Brit], pull in, bring in 
  16. Sell
    "We cleared a lot of the old model cars" 
  17. Pass an inspection or receive authorization
    "clear customs" 
  18. Pronounce not guilty of criminal charges
    "The suspect was cleared of the murder charges"
    - acquit, assoil, discharge, exonerate, exculpate 
  19. Settle, as of a debt
    "clear a debt"
    - solve 
  20. Make clear, bright, light, or translucent
    "The water had to be cleared through filtering" 
  21. Rid of instructions or data
    "clear a memory buffer" 
  22. Remove (people) from a building
    "clear the patrons from the theatre after the bomb threat" 
  23. Remove the occupants of
    "Clear the building" 
  24. Free (the throat) by making a rasping sound
    "Clear the throat"
    - clear up
Adverb: clear  klir [N. Amer], kliu(r) [Brit]
  1. Completely
    "read the book clear to the end"; "slept clear through the night"; "there were open fields clear to the horizon"
    - all the way 
  2. In an easily perceptible manner
    "She cried loud and clear"
    - clearly
Noun: clear  klir [N. Amer], kliu(r) [Brit]
  1. The state of being free of suspicion
    "investigation showed that he was in the clear" 
  2. A clear or unobstructed space or expanse of land or water
    - open

Derived forms: clears, cleared, clearer, clearing, clearest

See also: broad, clarity, clean-handed, clear off, clearance, clear-cut, clearheaded, clearing, clearly, clearness, clear-thinking, cloudless, comprehendible, comprehensible, crystal clear, crystalline, definite, discerning, distinct, fair, free, guiltless, hyaline, hyaloid, innocent, legible, limpid, limpidity, liquid, lucid, lucidity, lucidness, luculent, net, nett, pellucid, pellucidity, perfect, perspicuous, prima facie, pure, semitransparent, serene, translucent, transparent, trenchant, unambiguous, unclouded, unencumbered, unfrosted, unmistakable, unmistakeable, unobstructed, unqualified, unsubtle, untroubled, vivid

Type of: acquire, allow, alter, area, bear, benefit, bring home the bacon, change, clarify, clear up, come through, countenance, country, create, deliver the goods, determine, disappear, discharge, disembarrass, elucidate, empty, flog [Brit], free, gain, get, go away, innocence, judge, label, let, make, modify, move out, overhaul, overtake, pass, pay, permit, profit, pronounce, remove, rid, sell, settle, square off, square up, succeed, take, take away, take out, vanish, win, withdraw, yield

Antonym: bounce, cloudy, opaque, unclear

Encyclopedia: Clear

[American slang]
mod. alcohol intoxicated.
• Man, is she ever clear!
• He was clear, you know, polluted.


The net distance, free from interruption, between any two surfaces or areas.

AmE / verb

1 [+ obj]

to give or get official approval for sth to be done:

His appointment had been cleared by the board.

I'll have to clear it with the manager before I can refund your money.

The drug has been cleared for use in the US.

The merger needs to be cleared by the authorities.

2 [+ obj]

to prove that sb is innocent:

She has been cleared of all charges against her.

Throughout his years in prison, she fought to clear his name.

He has been cleared of allegations of mismanagement.

3 (Commerce ) [+ obj] clear (out) sth

to sell all the goods that you have available:

The store is trying to clear its stock of winter clothes.

The company has dropped its prices in an attempt to clear out its inventory (= its supply of products).

4 [+ obj]

to remove sth that is not wanted from a place

: (figurative) clearing bad debts from the company's books

(= financial records)

Clear the screen

(= computer screen) and start again.

We need to clear the site of rubble before we start building.

5 [+ obj or no obj]

if a cheque that you pay into your bank account clears, or a bank clears it, the money is available for you to use:

Cheques usually take three working days to clear.

6 (Finance ) [+ obj]

to calculate the total amount of money and the numbers of shares, etc. that investors have agreed to exchange on a particular date, in order to arrange the transfer of the money, shares, etc. between them:

Only certain members of the stock exchange are authorized to clear trades.


7 (Trade ) [+ obj]

to give official permission for goods to leave or enter a place:

to clear goods through customs

8 Finance [+ obj]

to gain or earn an amount of money as profit:

She cleared €2 000 on the deal.

9 (Finance ) [+ obj]

if you clear a debt or a loan, you pay all the money back

10 [+ obj]

to decide officially, after finding out information about sb, that they can be given special work or allowed to see secret papers:

She hasn't been cleared by security.


clear your desk

1 (also clear out your desk)

to remove everything from your desk at work because you are leaving your job:

She was fired on the spot and given an hour to clear her desk.


to finish the work that you need to do:

He was desperately trying to clear his desk so he could get home.



1. To approve or authorize, or to obtain approval or authorization for: a.
a person or persons with regard to their actions, movements, duties, etc.
; b.
an object or group of objects, as equipment or supplies, with regard to quality, quantity, purpose, movement, disposition, etc.
; and c.
a request, with regard to correctness of form, validity, etc.
2. To give one or more aircraft a clearance.
3. To give a person a security clearance.
4. To fly over an obstacle without touching it.
5. To pass a designated point, line, or object.
The end of a column must pass the designated feature before the latter is cleared.
6. a.
To operate a gun so as to unload it or make certain no ammunition remains; and b.
to free a gun of stoppages.
7. To clear an engine; to open the throttle of an idling engine to free it from carbon.
8. To clear the air to gain either temporary or permanent air superiority or control in a given sector.


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  1. i 'm afraid you have n't a very clear idea either.
  2. she had a clear view of the house.
  3. be sure to make this point clear to everyone.
  4. it was a clear day and warm now in the sun.
  5. everyone stayed clear of the woods now.

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