clear1 W1S1 [klıə US klır] adj comparative clearer superlative clearest
1¦(easy to understand)¦
2¦(impossible to doubt)¦
3¦(sure about something)¦
9¦(easy to see)¦
10¦(easy to hear)¦
11¦(after tax)¦
12 a clear conscience
13¦(period of time)¦
14¦(not busy)¦
15¦(not blocked/covered)¦
16 see your way clear (to doing something)
17 be clear of something
18 as clear as mud
[Date: 1200-1300; : Old French; Origin: cler, from Latin clarus 'clear, bright']
expressed in a simple and direct way so that people understand
→↑clarity, clearly ↑clearly
clear instructions
The question wasn't very clear.
It's the clearest guide I've used.
clear about
The school is clear about its policy on bullying.
clear about what/when/how etc
Be very clear about what jobs should be completed, and by when.
clear on
The rules are quite clear on the point.
clear to
It was clear to him that Tolkien was a literary genius.
make sth clear
The bishop made his views clear in a letter to the publisher.
How can you make the meaning clearer?
make it clear that
Make it clear that you will not take sides.
absolutely/abundantly clear
Can I make it absolutely clear that we did not intend this to happen?
Perhaps I tried to cover too much and didn't make myself clear (=express myself well) .
If you don't understand, it's best to say so and get things clear .
If I catch you smoking again, you're grounded. Do I make myself clear (=used when you are angry) ?
clear picture/idea
(=a good understanding)
The report gave a clear picture of the property's condition.
He writes crystal clear (=very easy to understand) prose.
impossible to doubt, question, or make a mistake about
clear evidence of guilt
They won by a clear majority.
it is clear whether/why/how etc
It is not yet clear whether he shares these views.
it is clear (that)
It is clear that the drug does benefit some patients.
When it became clear that I was going to have a baby, he left me.
clear case/example of sth
a clear case of sexual discrimination
feeling certain that you know or understand something
→↑clearly clear about/on
Are you all clear now about what you have to do?
clear whether/what/how etc
I'm still not really clear how this machine works.
Let me get this clear - you hadn't seen her in three days?
a clearer understanding of the issues
4.) ¦(THINKING)¦
able to think sensibly and quickly
→↑clarity, clearly ↑clearly
She felt that her thinking was clearer now.
In the morning, with a clear head , she'd tackle the problem.
easy to see through, rather than coloured or dirty
≠ ↑cloudy, opaque ↑opaque
clear glass bottles
a crystal clear mountain lake
6.) ¦(WEATHER)¦
clean and fresh, without clouds or mist
a clear June morning
The skies were clear and blue.
7.) ¦(EYES)¦
healthy, very pure in colour, and without any redness
clear blue eyes
8.) ¦(SKIN)¦
smooth and without any red spots
a clear complexion
9.) ¦(EASY TO SEE)¦
having details, edges, lines etc that are easy to see, or shapes that are easy to recognize
a TV with a clear picture and high-quality sound
10.) ¦(EASY TO HEAR)¦
easy to hear, and therefore easy to understand
→↑clarity, clearly ↑clearly
a clear speaking voice
The radio reception isn't very clear.
It's a good recording; the sound is as clear as a bell (=very clear) .
11.) ¦(AFTER TAX)¦
a clear amount of profit, wages etc is what is left after taxes have been paid on it
= ↑net
I get £200 a week clear.
Sam makes a clear $90,000 per year.
12.) a clear conscience
the knowledge that you have done the right thing and should not feel guilty
I don't think I could vote for him with a clear conscience.
She had done what she could and her conscience was clear.
without any planned activities or events
Next Monday is clear; how about 10 o'clock?
Leave at least one clear day between the flight and any business meetings.
14.) ¦(NOT BUSY)¦
complete or whole
Allow three clear days for delivery.
not covered or blocked by anything that stops you from doing or seeing what you want
The roads were fairly clear this morning.
clear view/look
From the top floor you get a clear view of the bay.
clear of
To prevent fires, the sides of the roads are kept clear of underbrush.
16.) see your way clear (to doing sth) informal to have the necessary time or willingness to be able to do something
We expect good results soon, if the board can see its way clear to continuing funding the project.
17.) be clear of sth
to not be touching something, or to be past someone or something
Wait to cross until the street is clear of cars.
The curtains should be a couple of inches clear of the floor.
18.) as clear as mud
spoken used humorously to say that something is very difficult to understand
→↑all clear,the coast is clear atcoast1 (2)
>clearness n [U]
clear 2
clear2 W2S1 v
2¦(remove people)¦
3¦(crime/blame etc)¦
5 clear your throat
9¦(go over/past)¦
10 clear a debt/loan
11 clear your head/mind
13 clear the way for something
15 clear the air
16 clear (something through) customs
17 clear the decks
Phrasal verbs
 clear something<=>away
 clear off
 clear out
 clear up
to make somewhere emptier or tidier by removing things from it
Snowplows have been out clearing the roads.
clear sth of sth
Large area of land had been cleared of forest.
clear sth from sth
Workers have been clearing the wreckage from the tracks.
Dad cleared a space (=moved things so that there was room) in the garage for Jim's tools.
It's Kelly's turn to clear the table (=remove the dirty plates, forks etc) .
to make people, cars etc leave a place
Within minutes, police had cleared the area.
clear sb/sth from sth
Crowds of demonstrators were cleared from the streets.
3.) ¦(CRIME/BLAME ETC)¦ [T usually passive]
to prove that someone is not guilty of something
Rawlings was cleared after new evidence was produced.
clear sb of (doing) sth
Maya was cleared of manslaughter.
a long-running legal battle to clear his name
4.) ¦(PERMISSION)¦ [T]
a) to give or get official permission for something to be done
He was cleared by doctors to resume skating in August.
clear sth with sb
Defence policies must often be cleared with NATO allies first.
b) to give official permission for a person, ship, or aircraft to enter or leave a country
The plane took off as soon as it was cleared.
5.) clear your throat
to cough in order to be able to speak with a clear voice
6.) ¦(WEATHER)¦ also clear up
if the weather, sky, mist etc clears, it becomes better and there is more sun
The haze usually clears by lunchtime.
7.) ¦(LIQUID)¦ [I]
if a liquid clears, it becomes more transparent and you can see through it
Wait for the water to clear before adding any fish.
8.) ¦(CHEQUE)¦ [I and T]
if a cheque clears, or if a bank clears it, the bank allows the money to be paid into the account of the person whose name is on the cheque
9.) ¦(GO OVER/PAST)¦ [T]
to go over a fence, wall etc without touching it, or to go past or through something and no longer be in it
The plane barely cleared the fence at the end of the runway.
Edwards cleared 18 feet in the pole vault.
The plane cleared Chinese airspace.
10.) clear a debt/loan
to get rid of a debt by paying what you owe
11.) clear your head/mind
to stop worrying or thinking about something, or get rid of the effects of drinking too much alcohol
A good walk might clear my head.
[i]literary if your face or expression clears, you stop looking worried or angry
She looked embarrassed, but then her face cleared.
13.) clear the way for sth
written to make it possible for a process to happen
This agreement will clear the way for further talks.
14.) ¦(SKIN)¦ also clear up
if your skin clears, red marks on it disappear
The rash has finally cleared.
15.) clear the air
to do something to end an argument or bad situation, for example discuss a problem calmly
16.) clear (sth through) customs
to be allowed to take things through ↑customs
17.) clear the decks
to do all the work that needs to be done before you can do other things
I'm trying to clear the decks before Christmas.
18.) ¦(EARN)¦ [T] [i]informal
to earn a particular amount of money after taxes have been paid on it
Diane clears £20,000 a year.
clear away [clear sth<=>away] phr v
to make a place look tidier by removing things or putting things back where they belong
When dinner was done and cleared away, Auntie Lou made some tea.
Homeowners are clearing away brush near their houses to prevent fires.
clear off phr v
to leave a place quickly
They cleared off when they saw the police coming.
clear off!
(=used to tell someone angrily to go away)
clear out phr v
1.) clear sth<=> out
to make a place tidy by removing things from it and getting rid of them
I need to clear out my closet.
2.) to leave a place or building quickly
Wait to get on the train until the people getting off have cleared out.
clear out!
BrE (=used to tell someone angrily to go away)
clear up phr v
1.) to make a place look tidier by putting things back where they belong
I don't mind you using the kitchen as long as you clear up afterwards.
clear sth<=>up
Adam, clear up this mess before your father sees it.
clear up after
I get really tired of clearing up after you (=tidying places that you have made untidy) .
2.) clear sth<=> up
to explain or solve something, or make it easier to understand
The White House hopes these problems can be cleared up soon.
There are a couple of points we need to clear up before the meeting begins.
3.) if the weather clears up, it gets better
4.) if an illness or infection clears up, it disappears
clear 3
clear3 adv
1.) away from something, or out of the way
Firefighters pulled her clear of the wreckage.
Please stand clear of the doors.
2.) keep/stay/steer clear (of sb/sth)
to avoid someone or something because of possible danger or trouble
If you're a beginner, steer clear of resorts with reputations for difficult skiing.
3.) informal especially AmE used to emphasize a long distance
You can see clear to the hills.
loud and clear atloud2 (2)
clear 4
clear4 n
in the clear
not guilty of something
If Middlemass had spoken to Potter at 8:45, Potter was in the clear.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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