A green field under a clear sky.
- The definition of clear is something that is easy or simple to understand.
An example of clear is a simple explanation for a math problem.
- Clear is defined as a sky that is free from clouds, something that is easily seen through or an area that is empty or free of clutter.
- An example of clear is tap water.
- An example of clear is a countertop with nothing on it.
- free from clouds or mist; bright; light: a clear day
- free from cloudiness, muddiness, etc.; transparent or pure; not turbid: a clear crystal, a clear red
- having no blemishes: a clear complexion
- not faint or blurred; easily seen or heard; sharply defined; distinct: a clear outline, clear tones
- perceiving acutely; keen or logical: a clear eye, a clear mind
- serene and calm: a clear countenance
- free from confusion or ambiguity; not obscure; easily understood: the meaning is clear
- obvious; unmistakable: a clear case of neglect
- certain; positive: to be clear on a point
- free from guilt or a charge of guilt; innocent: a clear conscience
- free from charges or deductions; net: to earn a clear $30,000
- free from debt or encumbrance: a clear title to the house
- free from qualification; absolute; complete: a clear victory
- free from contact; not entangled, confined, hindered, etc.: a style clear of cant
- free from impediment or obstruction; open: keep the fire lanes clear
- freed or emptied of freight or cargo
Origin of clearMiddle English cler ; from Old French ; from Classical Latin clarus, origin, originally , clear-sounding, hence clear, bright: for Indo-European base see clamor
- in a clear manner; so as to be clear
- all the way; completely: it sank clear to the bottom
- to make clear or bright
- to free from impurities, blemishes, cloudiness, muddiness, etc.
- to make intelligible, plain, or lucid; clarify
- to decode or decipher
- to rid of obstructions, entanglements, or obstacles; open: to clear a path through snow
- to get rid of; remove
- to empty or unload: to clear a freighter of cargo
- to free (a person or thing) of or from something
- to free from a charge or a suspicion of guilt; prove the innocence of; acquit
- to pass or leap over, by, etc.
- to pass without contact: the tug cleared the bridge
- to discharge (a debt) by paying it
- to give or get clearance for
- to be passed or approved by: the plan cleared the committee
- to go through (a customs office)
- to handle and deal with (letters, files, etc.) properly
- to make (a given amount) as profit or earnings not subject to charges or deductions; net
- to make (the sight) clear or sharp
- to rid (the throat) of phlegm by hawking or coughing
- to rid (the voice) of hoarseness thus
- Banking to pass (a check, draft, etc.) through a clearinghouse
- to become clear, unclouded, etc.
- to pass away; vanish
- to get clearance, as a ship leaving a port
- Banking to be accepted or received through a clearinghouse, as a check, draft, etc.
- to take away so as to leave a cleared space
- to go away; go out of sight
- to clear away
- to remove something from in order to make clear
- to clear by emptying
- ☆ Informal to go away; depart
clear the airor clear the atmosphere
- to make or become clear
- to make orderly
- to become unclouded, sunny, etc. after being cloudy or stormy
- to explain
- to cure or become cured: this will clear up your cold
in the clear
- free from enclosing or limiting obstructions
- Informal free from suspicion or guilt
- Free from clouds, mist, or haze: a clear day.
- Not obscured or darkened; bright: clear daylight; a clear yellow.
- Easily seen through; transparent: clear water.
- Free from flaw, blemish, or impurity: a clear, perfect diamond; a clear record with the police.
- Free from impediment, obstruction, or hindrance; open: a clear view; a clear path to victory.
- Plain or evident to the mind; unmistakable: a clear case of cheating.
- Easily perceptible to the eye or ear; distinct: the clear call of a songbird.
- Discerning or perceiving easily; keen: a clear mind.
- Free from doubt or confusion; certain: His meaning is clear.
- Free from qualification or limitation; absolute: a clear winner.
- Free from guilt; untroubled: a clear conscience.
- Having been freed from contact, proximity, or connection: At last we were clear of the danger. The ship was clear of the reef.
- Free from charges or deductions; net: a clear profit.
- Containing nothing: The ship's hold was clear.
- Distinctly; clearly: spoke loud and clear.
- Out of the way; completely away: stood clear of the doors.
- Informal All the way; completely: slept clear through the night; read the book clear to the end.
verbcleared, clear·ing, clears
- To make light, clear, or bright: The wind cleared the sky of clouds.
- To rid of impurities, blemishes, muddiness, or foreign matter: The new filter cleared the water.
- To free from confusion, doubt, or ambiguity; make plain or intelligible: cleared up the question of responsibility.
- a. To rid of objects or obstructions: clear the table; clear the road of debris.b. To make (a way or clearing) by removing obstructions: clear a path through the jungle.c. To remove (objects or obstructions): clear the dishes; clear snow from the road.
- a. To remove the occupants of: clear the theater.b. To remove (people): clear the children from the room.
- Sports a. To move or shoot (a ball or puck) away from the goal or out of the defensive zone.b. To clear a ball or puck out of (the defensive zone), as in lacrosse or hockey.
- Computers a. To rid (a memory location or buffer, for example) of instructions or data.b. To remove (instructions or data) from memory.
- To free from a legal charge or imputation of guilt; acquit: cleared the suspect of the murder charge.
- To pass by, under, or over without contact: The boat cleared the dock.
- To settle (a debt).
- To gain (a given amount) as net profit or earnings.
- To pass (a bill of exchange, such as a check) through a clearing-house.
- a. To secure the approval of: The bill cleared the Senate.b. To authorize or approve: cleared the material for publication.
- To free (a ship or cargo) from legal detention at a harbor by fulfilling customs and harbor requirements.
- To give clearance or authorization to: cleared the plane to land.
- To free (the throat) of phlegm by making a rasping sound.
- To become clear: The sky cleared.
- To go away; disappear: The fog cleared.
- a. To exchange checks and bills or settle accounts through a clearing-house.b. To pass through the banking system and be debited and credited to the relevant accounts: The check cleared.
- To comply with customs and harbor requirements in discharging a cargo or in leaving or entering a port.
Origin of clearMiddle English cler, from Old French, from Latin clārus, clear, bright; see kel&schwa;-2 in Indo-European roots.
(comparative clearer, superlative clearest)
- Transparent in colour.
- as clear as crystal
- Bright, not dark or obscured.
- The windshield was clear and clean.
- Congress passed the President’s Clear Skies legislation.
- Free of obstacles.
- The driver had mistakenly thought the intersection was clear.
- The coast is clear.
- Without clouds.
- clear weather; a clear day
- (meteorology) Of the sky, such that less than one eighth of its area is obscured by clouds.
- Free of ambiguity or doubt.
- He gave clear instructions not to bother him at work.
- Do I make myself clear? Crystal clear.
- I'm still not quite clear on what some of these words mean.
- Distinct, sharp, well-marked.
- (figuratively) Free of guilt, or suspicion.
- a clear conscience
- (of a soup) Without a thickening ingredient.
- Possessing little or no perceptible stimulus.
- clear of texture; clear of odor
- (Scientology) Free from the influence of engrams; see Clear (Scientology).
- Able to perceive clearly; keen; acute; penetrating; discriminating.
- a clear intellect; a clear head
- Not clouded with passion; serene; cheerful.
- Easily or distinctly heard; audible.
- Unmixed; entirely pure.
- clear sand
- Without defects or blemishes, such as freckles or knots.
- a clear complexion; clear lumber
- Without diminution; in full; net.
- a clear profit
- All the way; entirely.
- I threw it clear across the river to the other side.
- Not near something or touching it.
- Stand clear of the rails, a train is coming.
- free (separate) from others
- 1988, Salman Rushdie, The Satanic Verses:
- I want you to know how he spoke: he spoke loud, and he spoke clear.
- 1992, Orson Scott Card, Cruel Miracles:
- Can't they see for themselves? Course not. Looks like dust to them, so they can't see it clear at all
- 2005, Sammatha Crosby Scott, There's a War Inside of Me, page 111:
- I would get very short with people and speak clear of my feelings without consideration of their feelings.
- 2009, Stephen James Shore, Annalea A Princess in Exile, page 160:
- Then I heard clear your mother's voice, crying out in distress!
- 2010, Jack Mayatt, A Better Man: An Inspirational Book, page 20:
- Now when God called him, Moses told God immediately that he could not speak clear enough to be this leader.
(third-person singular simple present clears, present participle clearing, simple past and past participle cleared)
- To remove obstructions or impediments from.
- (ergative) To become freed from obstructions.
- When the road cleared we continued our journey.
- To eliminate ambiguity or doubt from a matter; to clarify; especially, to clear up.
- To remove from suspicion, especially of having committed a crime.
- The court cleared the man of murder.
- To pass without interference; to miss.
- The door just barely clears the table as it closes.
- The leaping horse easily cleared the hurdles.
- (intransitive) To become clear.
- After a heavy rain, the sky cleared nicely for the evening.
- (intransitive) Of a check or financial transaction, to go through as payment; to be processed so that the money is transferred.
- The check might not clear for a couple of days.
- (business) To earn a profit of; to net.
- He's been clearing seven thousand a week.
- To obtain permission to use (a sample of copyrighted audio) in another track.
- To disengage oneself from incumbrances, distress, or entanglements; to become free.
- To obtain a clearance.
- The steamer cleared for Liverpool today.
- (sports) To defend by hitting (kicking, throwing, heading etc.) the ball (puck) from the defending goal.
- To fell all trees of a forest.
- (computing) To reset or unset; to return to an empty state or to zero.
- to clear an array
- to clear a single bit (binary digit) in a value
- (carpentry) Full extent; distance between extreme limits; especially; the distance between the nearest surfaces of two bodies, or the space between walls.
- a room ten feet square in the clear
Middle English clere, from Anglo-Norman cler, from Old French cler (Modern French clair), from Latin clarus. Displaced native Middle English schir (“clear, pure”) (from Old English scīr (“clear, bright”)), Middle English skere (“clear, sheer”) (from Old English scǣre and Old Norse skǣr (“sheer, clear, pure”)), Middle English smolt (“clear (of mind), serene”) (from Old English smolt (“peaceful, serene”)).
- (Scientology) An idea state of beingness free of unwanted influences.
clear - Computer Definition
clear - Investment & Finance Definition
Describes a situation in which a trade has been matched with its appropriate buyer or seller, the payment has been made, and the product has been delivered.