- The definition of clarify is to make something more clear or easier to understand.
An example of to clarify is for a teacher to answer questions about a lesson.
- To clarify is defined as to purify a liquid to make it clear or to remove something.
An example of to clarify is cook butter and skim off the foam.
- to make or become clear and free from impurities: said esp. of liquids
- to melt (butter) and remove the water and milk solids
- to make or become easier to understand: to clarify one's meaning
Origin of clarifyMiddle English clarifien ; from Old French clarifier ; from Ecclesiastical Late Latin clarificare, to make illustrious ; from Classical Latin clarus, famous, clear + facere, to make, do
verbclar·i·fied, clar·i·fy·ing, clar·i·fies
- To make clear or easier to understand; elucidate: clarified her intentions.
- To clear of confusion or uncertainty: clarify the mind.
- To make clear by removing impurities or solid matter, as by heating gently or filtering: clarify butter.
Origin of clarifyMiddle English clarifien, from Old French clarifier, from Late Latin clarificare : Latin clarus, clear; see clear + Latin -ficare, -fy.
(third-person singular simple present clarifies, present participle clarifying, simple past and past participle clarified)
- To make clear or bright by freeing from feculent matter; to defecate; to fine; -- said of liquids, as wine or syrup.
- To make clear; to free from obscurities; to brighten or illuminate.
- (ergative) To grow or become clear or transparent; to become free from feculent impurities, as wine or other liquid under clarification.
- (ergative) To grow clear or bright; to clear up.