Meaning of CLEAR in English


I. ˈklir adjective

Etymology: Middle English clere, from Anglo-French cler, from Latin clarus clear, bright; akin to Latin calare to call — more at low

Date: 13th century


a. : bright , luminous

b. : cloudless ; specifically : less than one-tenth covered

a clear sky

c. : free from mist, haze, or dust

a clear day

d. : untroubled , serene

a clear gaze

2. : clean , pure : as

a. : free from blemishes

clear skin

b. : easily seen through : transparent

clear glass

c. : free from abnormal sounds on auscultation


a. : easily heard

a loud and clear sound

b. : easily visible : plain

a clear signal

c. : free from obscurity or ambiguity : easily understood : unmistakable

a clear explanation


a. : capable of sharp discernment : keen

a clear thinker

b. : free from doubt : sure

not clear on how to proceed

5. : free from guile or guilt : innocent

a clear conscience

6. : unhampered by restriction or limitation: as

a. : unencumbered by debts or charges

a clear estate

b. : net

a clear profit

c. : unqualified , absolute

a clear victory

d. : free from obstruction

clear passage

e. : emptied of contents or cargo

f. : free from entanglement or contact

staying clear of controversy

keep clear of the boundary

g. : bare , denuded

clear ground

• clear·ness noun


clear , transparent , translucent , limpid mean capable of being seen through. clear implies absence of cloudiness, haziness, or muddiness

clear water

transparent implies being so clear that objects can be seen distinctly

a transparent sheet of film

translucent implies the passage of light but not a clear view of what lies beyond

translucent frosted glass

limpid suggests the soft clearness of pure water

her eyes were limpid pools of blue


clear , perspicuous , lucid mean quickly and easily understood. clear implies freedom from obscurity, ambiguity, or undue complexity

clear instructions

perspicuous applies to a style that is simple and elegant as well as clear

a perspicuous style

lucid suggests a clear logical coherence and evident order of arrangement

a lucid explanation

Synonym: see in addition evident .

II. adverb

Date: 14th century

1. : in a clear manner

to cry loud and clear

2. : all the way

drove clear across the state

III. transitive verb

Date: 14th century


a. : to make clear or translucent

b. : to free from pollution or cloudiness

2. : to free from accusation or blame : exonerate , vindicate

the opportunity to clear himself


a. : to give insight to : enlighten

b. : to make intelligible : explain

clear up the mystery


a. : to free from what obstructs or is unneeded: as

(1) : open 1b

clear a path

(2) : to remove unwanted growth or items from

clear the land of timber

(3) : to rid or make a rasping noise as if ridding (the throat) of phlegm

(4) : to erase stored or displayed data from (as a computer or calculator)

b. : to empty of occupants

clear the room

c. : disentangle

clear a fishing line

d. : to remove from an area or place

clear the dishes from the table

e. : transmit , dispatch


a. : to submit for approval

clear it with me first

b. : authorize , approve

clear ed the article for publication


(1) : to certify as trustworthy

clear a person for classified information

(2) : to permit (an aircraft) to proceed usually with a specified action

the plane was clear ed to land


a. : to free from obligation or encumbrance

b. : settle , discharge

clear an account


(1) : to free (a ship or shipment) by payment of duties or harbor fees

(2) : to pass through (customs)

d. : to gain without deduction : net

clear a profit

e. : to put through a clearinghouse


a. : to go over, under, or by without touching

the ball just clear ed the uprights

b. : to move through successfully : pass

the bill clear ed the legislature

intransitive verb


a. : to become clear

it clear ed up quickly after the rain

b. : to go away : vanish

the symptoms clear ed gradually

c. : sell


a. : to obtain permission to discharge cargo

b. : to conform to regulations or pay requisite fees prior to leaving port

3. : to pass through a clearinghouse

4. : to go to an authority (as for approval) before becoming effective

• clear·able ˈklir-ə-bəl adjective

• clear·er ˈklir-ər noun

- clear the air

- clear the decks

IV. noun

Date: 1674

1. : a clear space or part

2. : a high arcing shot over an opponent's head in badminton

- in the clear

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.