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English adjective: clear

1. clear readily apparent to the mind

SamplesA 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.

Similarbroad, clear-cut, crystal clear, distinct, limpid, lucid, luculent, pellucid, perspicuous, prima facie, trenchant, unmistakable, unsubtle, vivid

See alsocomprehendible, comprehensible, definite, distinct, unambiguous

Attributeclarity, clearness, limpidity, lucidity, lucidness, pellucidity


2. clear free from confusion or doubt

SamplesA complex problem requiring a clear head.
Not clear about what is expected of us.

Similarclear-thinking, clearheaded


3. clear affording free passage or view

SamplesA clear view.
A clear path to victory.
Open waters.
The open countryside.




4. clear allowing light to pass through

SamplesClear water.
Clear plastic bags.
Clear glass.
The air is clear and clean.

Similarcrystal clear, crystalline, hyaline, hyaloid, limpid, limpid, liquid, lucid, pellucid, semitransparent, translucent, transparent, unclouded, unfrosted

Attributeclarity, clearness, uncloudedness


5. clear free from contact or proximity or connection

SamplesWe were clear of the danger.
The ship was clear of the reef.



6. clear characterized by freedom from troubling thoughts (especially guilt)

SamplesA clear conscience.
Regarded her questioner with clear untroubled eyes.



7. clear (of sound or color) free from anything that dulls or dims

SamplesEfforts to obtain a clean bass in orchestral recordings.
Clear laughter like a waterfall.
Clear reds and blues.
A light lilting voice like a silver bell.

Synonymsclean, light, unclouded



8. clear (especially of a title) free from any encumbrance or limitation that presents a question of fact or law

SamplesI have clear title to this property.




9. clear clear and distinct to the senses; easily perceptible

SamplesAs clear as a whistle.
Clear footprints in the snow.
The letter brought back a clear image of his grandfather.
A spire clean-cut against the sky.
A clear-cut pattern.

Synonymsclean-cut, clear-cut



10. clear accurately stated or described

SamplesA set of well-defined values.


Antonymsill-defined, unclear

11. clear free from clouds or mist or haze

SamplesOn a clear day.

Similarcloudless, fair, serene, unclouded

Domain categorymeteorology


12. clear free of restrictions or qualifications

SamplesA clean bill of health.
A clear winner.




13. clear free from flaw or blemish or impurity

SamplesA clear perfect diamond.
The clear complexion of a healthy young woman.



14. clear clear of charges or deductions

SamplesA clear profit.

Similarnet, nett


15. clear easily deciphered

Synonymsdecipherable, readable



16. clear freed from any question of guilt

SamplesIs absolved from all blame.
Was now clear of the charge of cowardice.
His official honor is vindicated.

Synonymsabsolved, cleared, exculpated, exonerated, vindicated

Similarclean-handed, guiltless, innocent


17. clear characterized by ease and quickness in perceiving

SamplesClear mind.
A percipient author.




English noun: clear

1. clear (state) the state of being free of suspicion

SamplesInvestigation showed that he was in the clear.

Broader (hypernym)innocence

2. clear (location) a clear or unobstructed space or expanse of land or water

SamplesFinally broke out of the forest into the open.


Broader (hypernym)area, country

English adverb: clear

1. clear completely

SamplesRead the book clear to the end.
Slept clear through the night.
There were open fields clear to the horizon.

Synonymsall the way

2. clear in an easily perceptible manner

SamplesCould be seen clearly under the microscope.
She cried loud and clear.


English verb: clear

1. clear (change) rid of obstructions

SamplesClear your desk.

ExamplesThey clear the path of the snow


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)alter, change, modify

Verb groupclear

Antonymsclutter, clutter up

2. clear (change) make a way or path by removing objects

SamplesClear a path through the dense forest.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)create, make

Verb groupclear

3. clear (weather) become clear

SamplesThe sky cleared after the storm.

Synonymsbrighten, clear up, light up

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
It is ----ing

Antonymscloud, overcast

4. clear (communication) grant authorization or clearance for

SamplesClear the manuscript for publication.
The rock star never authorized this slanderous biography.

Synonymsauthorise, authorize, pass

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody to INFINITIVE

Broader (hypernym)allow, countenance, let, permit

Narrower (hyponym)approbate, approve, certificate, certify, commission, declare, formalise, formalize, licence, license, O.K., okay, sanction, validate

5. clear (change) remove

SamplesClear the leaves from the lawn.
Clear snow from the road.

ExamplesThey clear the snow from the path

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)remove, take, take away, withdraw

Narrower (hyponym)bare, clear-cut, deforest, denudate, denude, disafforest, disforest, strip, stump

Verb groupclear, clear, unclutter

6. clear (social) go unchallenged; be approved

SamplesThe bill cleared the House.


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)bring home the bacon, come through, deliver the goods, succeed, win

Narrower (hyponym)clear

7. clear (possession) be debited and credited to the proper bank accounts

SamplesThe check will clear within 2 business days.

Pattern of useSomething ----s


8. clear (perception) go away or disappear

SamplesThe fog cleared in the afternoon.

Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)disappear, go away, vanish

9. clear (motion) pass by, over, or under without making contact

SamplesThe balloon cleared the tree tops.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)overhaul, overtake, pass

Narrower (hyponym)hop

10. clear (cognition) make free from confusion or ambiguity; make clear

SamplesCould you clarify these remarks?.
Clear up the question of who is at fault.

Synonymsclear up, crystalise, crystalize, crystallise, crystallize, elucidate, enlighten, illuminate, shed light on, sort out, straighten out

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)clarify, clear up, elucidate

11. clear (social) free from payment of customs duties, as of a shipment

SamplesClear the ship and let it dock.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)discharge, free

12. clear (possession) clear from impurities, blemishes, pollution, etc.

SamplesClear the water before it can be drunk.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)disembarrass, free, rid

13. clear (possession) yield as a net profit

SamplesThis sale netted me $1 million.


Pattern of useSomething ----s something

Broader (hypernym)bear, pay, yield

Verb groupclear, net, sack, sack up

14. clear (possession) make as a net profit

SamplesThe company cleared $1 million.

Synonymsnet, sack, sack up

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)benefit, gain, profit

Verb groupbring in, clear, clear, earn, gain, make, net, pull in, realise, realize, take in

15. clear (possession) earn on some commercial or business transaction; earn as salary or wages

SamplesHow much do you make a month in your new job?.
She earns a lot in her new job.
This merger brought in lots of money.
He clears $5,000 each month.

ExamplesThey clear the money

Synonymsbring in, earn, gain, make, pull in, realise, realize, take in

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)acquire, get

Narrower (hyponym)bear, bring home, eke out, gross, pay, profit, rake in, rake off, shovel in, squeeze out, take home, turn a profit, yield

Verb groupclear, make, net, sack, sack up

16. clear (possession) sell

SamplesWe cleared a lot of the old model cars.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)sell

Domain categorycommerce, commercialism, mercantilism

17. clear (motion) pass an inspection or receive authorization

SamplesClear customs.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)clear, pass

18. clear (communication) pronounce not guilty of criminal charges

SamplesThe suspect was cleared of the murder charges.

ExamplesThey want to clear the prisoners

Synonymsacquit, assoil, discharge, exculpate, exonerate

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Somebody ----s somebody of something

Broader (hypernym)judge, label, pronounce

Narrower (hyponym)purge, vindicate, whitewash

Entailevaluate, judge, pass judgment


19. clear (communication) settle, as of a debt

SamplesClear a debt.
Solve an old debt.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)determine, settle, square off, square up

20. clear (change) make clear, bright, light, or translucent

SamplesThe water had to be cleared through filtering.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)alter, change, modify

21. clear (change) rid of instructions or data

SamplesClear a memory buffer.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)empty

Domain categorycomputer science, computing

22. clear (change) remove (people) from a building

SamplesClear the patrons from the theater after the bomb threat.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)move out, remove, take out

Verb groupclear

23. clear (change) remove the occupants of

SamplesClear the building.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)empty

Verb groupclear

24. clear (change) free (the throat) by making a rasping sound

SamplesClear the throat.

Synonymsclear up

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)remove, take, take away, withdraw

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