Definition of


  1. (noun, location) a clear or unobstructed space or expanse of land or water
  2. (noun, state) the state of being free of suspicion
  3. (verb, change) free (the throat) by making a rasping sound
  4. (verb, change) rid of obstructions
  5. (verb, change) remove
    Clear snow from the road
  6. (verb, change) make a way or path by removing objects
  7. (verb, change) remove the occupants of
  8. (verb, change) remove (people) from a building
  9. (verb, change) rid of instructions or data
  10. (verb, change) make clear, bright, light, or translucent
  11. (verb, cognition) make free from confusion or ambiguity; make clear
    Clear up the question of who is at fault
  12. (verb, communication) settle, as of a debt
    solve an old debt
  13. (verb, communication) grant authorization or clearance for
    The rock star never authorized this slanderous biography
  14. (verb, communication) pronounce not guilty of criminal charges
  15. (verb, motion) pass an inspection or receive authorization
  16. (verb, motion) pass by, over, or under without making contact
  17. (verb, perception) go away or disappear
  18. (verb, possession) sell
  19. (verb, possession) be debited and credited to the proper bank accounts
  20. (verb, possession) earn on some commercial or business transaction; earn as salary or wages
    She earns a lot in her new job
    this merger brought in lots of money
    He clears $5,000 each month
  21. (verb, possession) make as a net profit
  22. (verb, possession) yield as a net profit
  23. (verb, possession) clear from impurities, blemishes, pollution, etc.
  24. (verb, social) free from payment of customs duties, as of a shipment
  25. (verb, social) go unchallenged; be approved
  26. (verb, weather) become clear
  27. (adj, all) readily apparent to the mind
    a clear explanation
    a clear case of murder
    a clear indication that she was angry
    gave us a clear idea of human nature
  28. (adj, all) allowing light to pass through
    clear plastic bags
    clear glass
    the air is clear and clean
  29. (adj, all) free from confusion or doubt
    not clear about what is expected of us
  30. (adj, all) free from clouds or mist or haze
  31. (adj, all) accurately stated or described
  32. (adj, all) characterized by ease and quickness in perceiving
    a percipient author
  33. (adj, all) clear and distinct to the senses; easily perceptible
    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
  34. (adj, all) (especially of a title) free from any encumbrance or limitation that presents a question of fact or law
  35. (adj, all) free from contact or proximity or connection
    the ship was clear of the reef
  36. (adj, all) freed from any question of guilt
    was now clear of the charge of cowardice
    his official honor is vindicated
  37. (adj, all) easily deciphered
  38. (adj, all) clear of charges or deductions
  39. (adj, all) affording free passage or view
    a clear path to victory
    open waters
    the open countryside
  40. (adj, all) free from flaw or blemish or impurity
    the clear complexion of a healthy young woman
  41. (adj, all) (of sound or color) free from anything that dulls or dims
    clear laughter like a waterfall
    clear reds and blues
    a light lilting voice like a silver bell
  42. (adj, all) free of restrictions or qualifications
    a clear winner
  43. (adj, all) characterized by freedom from troubling thoughts (especially guilt)
    regarded her questioner with clear untroubled eyes
  44. (adv, all) in an easily perceptible manner
    She cried loud and clear
  45. (adv, all) completely
    slept clear through the night
    there were open fields clear to the horizon

via WordNet, Princeton University

Antonyms of Clear

bounce, cloudy, opaque, unclear

Origin of the word Clear

  1. c.1280, from O.Fr. cler, from L. clarus "clear, bright, distinct," related to clamare "call out" (see claim), hence with an original sense of "clear-sounding." An O.E. word for this was sweotol. Of the weather, 1382; of meanings or explanations, c.1300. Sense of "free from encumbrance," apparently nautical, developed c.1500. The verb meaning "to leap… more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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