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CLEAR

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does clear mean? 

CLEAR (noun)
  The noun CLEAR has 2 senses:

1. the state of being free of suspicion
2. a clear or unobstructed space or expanse of land or water

  Familiarity information: CLEAR used as a noun is rare.


CLEAR (adjective)
  The adjective CLEAR has 18 senses:

1. clear to the mind
2. free from confusion or doubt
3. affording free passage or view
4. free from cloudiness; allowing light to pass through
5. free from contact or proximity or connection
6. characterized by freedom from troubling thoughts (especially guilt)
7. (of sound or color) free from anything that dulls or dims
8. (especially of a title) free from any encumbrance or limitation that presents a question of fact or law
9. clear and distinct to the senses; easily perceptible
10. accurately stated or described
11. free from clouds or mist or haze
12. free of restrictions or qualifications
13. free from flaw or blemish or impurity
14. clear of charges or deductions
15. easily deciphered
16. freed from any question of guilt
17. characterized by ease and quickness in perceiving
18. of complexion; without such blemishes as e.g. acne

  Familiarity information: CLEAR used as an adjective is very familiar.


CLEAR (verb)
  The verb CLEAR has 24 senses:

1. rid of obstructions
2. make a way or path by removing objects
3. become clear
4. grant authorization or clearance for
5. remove
6. go unchallenged; be approved
7. be debited and credited to the proper bank accounts
8. go away or disappear
9. pass by, over, or under without making contact
10. make free from confusion or ambiguity; make clear
11. free from payment of customs duties, as of a shipment
12. clear from impurities, blemishes, pollution, etc.
13. yield as a net profit
14. make as a net profit
15. earn on some commercial or business transaction; earn as salary or wages
16. sell
17. pass an inspection or receive authorization
18. pronounce not guilty of criminal charges
19. settle, as of a debt
20. make clear, bright, light, or translucent
21. rid of instructions or data
22. remove (people) from a building
23. remove the occupants of
24. free (the throat) by making a rasping sound

  Familiarity information: CLEAR used as a verb is very familiar.


CLEAR (adverb)
  The adverb CLEAR has 2 senses:

1. completely
2. in an easily perceptible manner

  Familiarity information: CLEAR used as an adverb is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


CLEAR (noun)


Sense 1clear [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The state of being free of suspicion

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Context example:

investigation showed that he was in the clear

Hypernyms ("clear" is a kind of...):

innocence (a state or condition of being innocent of a specific crime or offense)


Sense 2clear [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A clear or unobstructed space or expanse of land or water

Classified under:

Nouns denoting spatial position

Synonyms:

open; clear

Context example:

finally broke out of the forest into the open

Hypernyms ("clear" is a kind of...):

area; country (a particular geographical region of indefinite boundary (usually serving some special purpose or distinguished by its people or culture or geography))


CLEAR (adjective)


Sense 1clear [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Clear to the mind

Context examples:

a clear and present danger / a clear explanation / a clear case of murder / a clear indication that she was angry / gave us a clear idea of human nature

Similar:

vivid (having the clarity and freshness of immediate experience)

unmistakable (clearly evident to the mind)

prima facie (as it seems at first sight)

crystal clear; limpid; lucid; luculent; pellucid; perspicuous ((of language) transparently clear; easily understandable)

clear-cut; distinct; trenchant (clearly or sharply defined to the mind)

broad; unsubtle (lacking subtlety; obvious)

Also:

distinct (easy to perceive; especially clearly outlined)

definite (precise; explicit and clearly defined)

comprehendible; comprehensible (capable of being comprehended or understood)

clear (free from cloudiness; allowing light to pass through)

unambiguous (having or exhibiting a single clearly defined meaning)

Attribute:

clarity; clearness; limpidity; lucidity; lucidness; pellucidity (free from obscurity and easy to understand; the comprehensibility of clear expression)

Antonym:

unclear (not clear to the mind)


Sense 2clear [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Free from confusion or doubt

Context examples:

a complex problem requiring a clear head / not clear about what is expected of us

Similar:

clear-thinking; clearheaded (not mentally confused; able to think clearly and act intelligently)


Sense 3clear [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Affording free passage or view

Synonyms:

clear; open

Context examples:

a clear view / a clear path to victory / open waters / the open countryside

Similar:

unobstructed (free from impediment or obstruction or hindrance)


Sense 4clear [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Free from cloudiness; allowing light to pass through

Context examples:

clear water / clear plastic bags / clear glass / the air is clear and clean

Similar:

unfrosted ((of glass) lacking a frosted coating)

unclouded (not made opaque or cloudy by sediment)

semitransparent; translucent (almost transparent; allowing light to pass through diffusely)

limpid; liquid (clear and bright)

hyaline; hyaloid (resembling glass in transparency or translucency)

crystal clear; crystalline; limpid; lucid; pellucid; transparent (transmitting light; able to be seen through with clarity)

Also:

clear (clear to the mind)

Attribute:

clarity; clearness; uncloudedness (the quality of clear water)

Antonym:

opaque (not clear; not transmitting or reflecting light or radiant energy)


Sense 5clear [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Free from contact or proximity or connection

Context examples:

we were clear of the danger / the ship was clear of the reef

Similar:

free (able to act at will; not hampered; not under compulsion or restraint)


Sense 6clear [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Characterized by freedom from troubling thoughts (especially guilt)

Context examples:

a clear conscience / regarded her questioner with clear untroubled eyes

Similar:

untroubled (not beset by troubles or disturbance or distress)


Sense 7clear [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(of sound or color) free from anything that dulls or dims

Synonyms:

unclouded; clean; clear; light

Context examples:

efforts to obtain a clean bass in orchestral recordings / clear laughter like a waterfall / clear reds and blues / a light lilting voice like a silver bell

Similar:

pure (free of extraneous elements of any kind)


Sense 8clear [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(especially of a title) free from any encumbrance or limitation that presents a question of fact or law

Synonyms:

unmortgaged; clear

Context example:

I have clear title to this property

Similar:

unencumbered (free of encumbrance)


Sense 9clear [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Clear and distinct to the senses; easily perceptible

Synonyms:

clean-cut; clear-cut; clear

Context examples:

as clear as a whistle / 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

Similar:

distinct (easy to perceive; especially clearly outlined)


Sense 10clear [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Accurately stated or described

Synonyms:

well-defined; clear

Context example:

a set of well-defined values


Sense 11clear [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Free from clouds or mist or haze

Context example:

on a clear day

Similar:

serene (completely clear and fine)

bright; shining; shiny; sunny; sunshiny (abounding with sunlight)

cloudless; unclouded (free from clouds)

fair (free of clouds or rain)

Domain category:

meteorology (the earth science dealing with phenomena of the atmosphere (especially weather))

Antonym:

cloudy (full of or covered with clouds)


Sense 12clear [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Free of restrictions or qualifications

Synonyms:

clean; clear

Context examples:

a clean bill of health / a clear winner

Similar:

unqualified (not limited or restricted)


Sense 13clear [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Free from flaw or blemish or impurity

Context example:

a clear perfect diamond

Similar:

perfect (being complete of its kind and without defect or blemish)


Sense 14clear [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Clear of charges or deductions

Context example:

a clear profit

Similar:

net; nett (remaining after all deductions)


Sense 15clear [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Easily deciphered

Synonyms:

readable; decipherable; clear

Similar:

legible ((of handwriting, print, etc.) able to be read)


Sense 16clear [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Freed from any question of guilt

Synonyms:

absolved; exculpated; exonerated; vindicated; cleared; clear

Context examples:

is absolved from all blame / was now clear of the charge of cowardice / his official honor is vindicated

Similar:

clean-handed; guiltless; innocent (free from evil or guilt)


Sense 17clear [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Characterized by ease and quickness in perceiving

Synonyms:

percipient; clear

Context examples:

clear mind / a percipient author

Similar:

discerning (having or revealing keen insight and good judgment)


Sense 18clear [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Of complexion; without such blemishes as e.g. acne

Context example:

the clear complexion of a healthy young woman

Similar:

unblemished (free from physical or moral spots or stains)


CLEAR (verb)


Sense 1clear [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Rid of obstructions

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

unclutter; clear

Context example:

Clear your desk

Hypernyms (to "clear" is one way to...):

alter; change; modify (cause to change; make different; cause a transformation)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something

Sentence example:

They clear the path of the snow

Also:

clear away; clear off (remove from sight)


Sense 2clear [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make a way or path by removing objects

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Context example:

Clear a path through the dense forest

Hypernyms (to "clear" is one way to...):

create; make (make or cause to be or to become)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 3clear [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Become clear

Classified under:

Verbs of raining, snowing, thawing, thundering

Synonyms:

brighten; clear; light up; clear up

Context example:

The sky cleared after the storm

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
It is ----ing


Sense 4clear [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Grant authorization or clearance for

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

authorize; authorise; clear; pass

Context examples:

Clear the manuscript for publication / The rock star never authorized this slanderous biography

Hypernyms (to "clear" is one way to...):

allow; countenance; let; permit (consent to, give permission)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "clear"):

formalise; formalize; validate (declare or make legally valid)

commission (charge with a task)

certify; licence; license (authorize officially)

declare (authorize payments of)

approve; O.K.; okay; sanction (give sanction to)

certificate (authorize by certificate)

approbate (approve or sanction officially)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody to INFINITIVE


Sense 5clear [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Remove

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Context examples:

clear the leaves from the lawn / Clear snow from the road

Hypernyms (to "clear" is one way to...):

remove; take; take away; withdraw (remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "clear"):

bare; denudate; denude; strip (lay bare)

clear-cut (remove all the trees at one time)

stump (remove tree stumps from)

deforest; disafforest; disforest (remove the trees from)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something

Sentence example:

They clear the snow from the path


Sense 6clear [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Go unchallenged; be approved

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Synonyms:

clear; pass

Context example:

The bill cleared the House

Hypernyms (to "clear" is one way to...):

bring home the bacon; come through; deliver the goods; succeed; win (attain success or reach a desired goal)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "clear"):

clear (pass an inspection or receive authorization)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Somebody ----s
Something ----s somebody
Something ----s something


Sense 7clear [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Be debited and credited to the proper bank accounts

Classified under:

Verbs of buying, selling, owning

Context example:

The check will clear within 2 business days

Sentence frame:

Something ----s

Antonym:

bounce (come back after being refused)


Sense 8clear [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Go away or disappear

Classified under:

Verbs of seeing, hearing, feeling

Context example:

The fog cleared in the afternoon

Hypernyms (to "clear" is one way to...):

disappear; go away; vanish (become invisible or unnoticeable)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s


Sense 9clear [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Pass by, over, or under without making contact

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Synonyms:

top; clear

Context example:

the balloon cleared the tree tops

Hypernyms (to "clear" is one way to...):

overhaul; overtake; pass (travel past)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "clear"):

hop (jump across)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


Sense 10clear [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make free from confusion or ambiguity; make clear

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Synonyms:

crystallise; crystalize; crystalise; shed light on; sort out; crystallize; elucidate; illuminate; enlighten; straighten out; clear up; clear

Context examples:

Could you clarify these remarks? / Clear up the question of who is at fault

Hypernyms (to "clear" is one way to...):

clarify; clear up; elucidate (make clear and (more) comprehensible)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 11clear [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Free from payment of customs duties, as of a shipment

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Context example:

Clear the ship and let it dock

Hypernyms (to "clear" is one way to...):

discharge; free (free from obligations or duties)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 12clear [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Clear from impurities, blemishes, pollution, etc.

Classified under:

Verbs of buying, selling, owning

Context example:

clear the water before it can be drunk

Hypernyms (to "clear" is one way to...):

disembarrass; free; rid (relieve from)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


Sense 13clear [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Yield as a net profit

Classified under:

Verbs of buying, selling, owning

Synonyms:

net; clear

Context example:

This sale netted me $1 million

Hypernyms (to "clear" is one way to...):

bear; pay; yield (bring in)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s something


Sense 14clear [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make as a net profit

Classified under:

Verbs of buying, selling, owning

Synonyms:

sack up; net; sack; clear

Context example:

The company cleared $1 million

Hypernyms (to "clear" is one way to...):

benefit; gain; profit (derive a benefit from)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 15clear [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Earn on some commercial or business transaction; earn as salary or wages

Classified under:

Verbs of buying, selling, owning

Synonyms:

realise; earn; pull in; bring in; realize; gain; make; take in; clear

Context examples:

How much do you make a month in your new job? / She earns a lot in her new job / this merger brought in lots of money / He clears $5,000 each month

Hypernyms (to "clear" is one way to...):

acquire; get (come into the possession of something concrete or abstract)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "clear"):

bear; pay; yield (bring in)

gross (earn before taxes, expenses, etc.)

rake in; shovel in (earn large sums of money)

bring home; take home (earn as a salary or wage)

rake off (take money from an illegal transaction)

profit; turn a profit (make a profit; gain money or materially)

eke out; squeeze out (make by laborious and precarious means)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something

Sentence example:

They clear the money


Sense 16clear [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Sell

Classified under:

Verbs of buying, selling, owning

Context example:

We cleared a lot of the old model cars

Hypernyms (to "clear" is one way to...):

sell (exchange or deliver for money or its equivalent)

Domain category:

commerce; commercialism; mercantilism (transactions (sales and purchases) having the objective of supplying commodities (goods and services))

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 17clear [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Pass an inspection or receive authorization

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Context example:

clear customs

Hypernyms (to "clear" is one way to...):

clear; pass (go unchallenged; be approved)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


Sense 18clear [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Pronounce not guilty of criminal charges

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

acquit; assoil; exonerate; exculpate; discharge; clear

Context example:

The suspect was cleared of the murder charges

Hypernyms (to "clear" is one way to...):

judge; label; pronounce (pronounce judgment on)

"Clear" entails doing...:

evaluate; judge; pass judgment (form a critical opinion of)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "clear"):

purge (clear of a charge)

whitewash (exonerate by means of a perfunctory investigation or through biased presentation of data)

vindicate (clear of accusation, blame, suspicion, or doubt with supporting proof)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody
Somebody ----s somebody of something

Sentence example:

They want to clear the prisoners


Sense 19clear [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Settle, as of a debt

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

solve; clear

Context examples:

clear a debt / solve an old debt

Hypernyms (to "clear" is one way to...):

determine; settle; square off; square up (settle conclusively; come to terms)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 20clear [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make clear, bright, light, or translucent

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Context example:

The water had to be cleared through filtering

Hypernyms (to "clear" is one way to...):

alter; change; modify (cause to change; make different; cause a transformation)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


Sense 21clear [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Rid of instructions or data

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Context example:

clear a memory buffer

Hypernyms (to "clear" is one way to...):

empty (make void or empty of contents)

Domain category:

computer science; computing (the branch of engineering science that studies (with the aid of computers) computable processes and structures)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 22clear [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Remove (people) from a building

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Context example:

clear the patrons from the theater after the bomb threat

Hypernyms (to "clear" is one way to...):

move out; remove; take out (cause to leave)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s somebody


Sense 23clear [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Remove the occupants of

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Context example:

Clear the building

Hypernyms (to "clear" is one way to...):

empty (make void or empty of contents)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 24clear [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Free (the throat) by making a rasping sound

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

clear up; clear

Context example:

Clear the throat

Hypernyms (to "clear" is one way to...):

remove; take; take away; withdraw (remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


CLEAR (adverb)


Sense 1clear [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Completely

Synonyms:

clear; all the way

Context examples:

read the book clear to the end / slept clear through the night / there were open fields clear to the horizon


Sense 2clear [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

In an easily perceptible manner

Synonyms:

clear; clearly

Context examples:

could be seen clearly under the microscope / She cried loud and clear


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