clear1 [ klır ] adjective ***
▸ 1 easy to understand
▸ 2 obvious
▸ 3 transparent
▸ 4 without clouds/rain etc.
▸ 5 easy to see
▸ 6 easy to hear
▸ 7 not blocked
▸ 8 eyes: bright and healthy
▸ 9 skin: healthy
▸ 10 not confused
▸ 11 without guilty feelings
▸ 12 time: available
▸ 13 not close to/touching
▸ 14 showing nothing wrong
▸ 15 left after taxes/cost
▸ 16 winning by amount
▸ 17 complete
1. ) easy to understand:
Clear instructions are provided.
make something clear: He's made his intentions quite clear.
make something abundantly/perfectly clear: Anthony had made it abundantly clear that he did not want to see her.
get something clear: Let's get something absolutely clear: you're not going to get any help from me this time.
a ) is that clear?/do I make myself clear? used for emphasizing your authority over someone when you are telling them to do something:
You are not to see him again. Is that clear?
2. ) obvious and impossible to doubt:
it is clear (that): It was very clear that something was worrying him.
it is not clear whether: It is not clear whether Johnson's brother shares these views.
a clear case: It appears to be a clear case of discrimination.
a clear favorite: They have always been the clear favorites to win the championship.
clear evidence: There was clear evidence putting him at the scene of the crime.
a clear indication: His secretary could give no clear indication of when he was expected back.
3. ) transparent:
a clear glass bottle
4. ) if the sky or the weather is clear, there are no clouds, rain, etc.:
clear blue skies
bright and clear: The following Sunday was bright and clear.
5. ) easy to see:
Though the picture was small, it was clear and sharp.
6. ) easy to hear:
I did it, she said in a clear voice.
7. ) if a surface, road, or passage is clear, there is nothing on it that blocks it or gets in the way:
From the window there was a clear view of the mountains.
clear of: All the main roads are now clear of snow.
8. ) clear eyes are bright and healthy
9. ) clear skin is smooth and healthy
10. ) not confused:
He defines logic as the art of clear thinking.
Jane had no clear idea where she would go.
be clear about/on something: You need to be clear about the purpose of the meeting.
I'm not very clear on what this last sentence means.
be clear in your mind (about something): I'm completely clear in my mind about what happened that day.
11. ) not affected by guilty feelings:
someone's conscience is clear: She had done her duty, and her conscience was clear.
have a clear conscience: I have a clear conscience. We didn't do anything wrong.
12. ) if a period of time is clear, you have not arranged to do anything during it:
I'll keep Thursday afternoon clear in case we need to meet.
13. ) clear of not touching something or not too close to it:
Make sure your hands are completely clear of the blades.
14. ) if a medical test is clear, it shows that there is nothing wrong:
All the tests came back clear.
15. ) left after taxes, charges, or costs have been paid:
a clear $50/$100/$1,000 etc.: That should leave us with a clear $300.
16. ) winning by a particular distance or number of points in a race or competition
17. ) only before noun BRITISH complete
be (as) clear as a bell
to be very easy to hear
be (as) clear as day
to be very easy to see or understand or impossible to doubt:
I remember it as clear as day.
be (as) clear as mud HUMOROUS
to be very difficult to understand:
His explanation was as clear as mud.
a clear head
the ability not to become confused:
keep a clear head: Diane refused another glass of wine. She wanted to keep a clear head.
clear 2 [ klır ] verb ***
▸ 1 empty place of someone/something
▸ 2 remove something blocking something
▸ 3 prove someone not guilty
▸ 4 when weather improves
▸ 5 give/get permission
▸ 6 accept check
▸ 7 stop being confused, etc.
▸ 8 earn after taxes/costs
▸ 9 pay back money owed
▸ 10 pass without touching
▸ 11 deal with problem
▸ 12 do all your work
▸ 13 start to disappear
▸ 14 become transparent
▸ 15 become healthy
▸ 16 stop looking upset, etc.
1. ) transitive to remove people or things from a place where they are not wanted:
Millions of acres of tropical forest have been cleared.
clear something of something: The ground should first be cleared of weeds.
clear something from something: Julia began to clear the dishes from the table.
clear a space for someone/something: He cleared a space on his desk for a cup of coffee.
a ) intransitive if a place clears, the people in it leave it:
The room cleared quickly after the final speeches.
2. ) transitive to remove something that is blocking a place such as a road or passage:
The police cleared a way through to the front of the building.
a ) intransitive to stop being blocked:
Eventually the roads cleared and the traffic began to flow again.
3. ) transitive usually passive to prove officially that someone did not do something wrong:
be cleared of something: Yesterday the two men were cleared of murder.
4. ) intransitive if the sky or the weather clears, the weather becomes brighter and there are no more clouds, rain, etc.:
The sky was beginning to clear.
5. ) transitive to give or obtain permission for something to happen:
clear something with someone: You'll have to clear this project with the head office.
a ) to give an airplane, ship, or person permission to enter or leave a place:
clear something for something: After half an hour the plane was cleared for take-off.
b ) to obtain permission to enter a country or take something into a country after being checked by officials:
clear immigration/customs/passport control: Delays are often reported by passengers waiting to clear customs.
clear something through customs: Someone from the embassy helped us to clear our baggage through customs.
6. ) intransitive or transitive if a check clears, or a bank clears it, the bank allows the money to be used:
How long will the check take to clear?
7. ) intransitive or transitive if your mind or head clears, or if it is cleared, it stops being confused, tired, or affected by something such as alcohol:
clear something of something: Clear your mind of all negative thoughts.
8. ) transitive INFORMAL to earn a particular amount of money after paying taxes, charges, or costs:
He clears about $500 a week.
9. ) transitive to pay back all of the money that you owe to the person you borrowed it from:
clear a debt: Try to clear your existing debts first.
10. ) transitive to go over, under, or past an object without touching it:
One horse failed to clear the gate and was injured.
clear something by meters/inches etc.: The aircraft cleared the houses by only a few feet.
11. ) transitive to deal successfully with a problem:
clear an obstacle: The company has cleared the main obstacle to concluding the sale.
clear a hurdle: The first hurdle to clear is persuading investors of the merits of the product.
12. ) transitive to do all the work that you have to do:
clear a backlog: Extra staff have had to be brought in to clear the backlog.
13. ) intransitive if something such as smoke clears, it starts to disappear:
They waited while the mist cleared a little.
14. ) intransitive if a liquid clears, it becomes transparent after being filled with extremely small pieces of a substance
15. ) intransitive if your skin clears, it starts to become smooth and healthy
16. ) intransitive if someone's face clears, they stop looking annoyed, upset, or confused:
She frowned for a moment, then her brow cleared.
clear the air
to discuss a problem or difficult situation with someone in order to make it better:
I think it's time we cleared the air, don't you?
clear the decks
to get rid of everything that is not needed or deal with everything that needs to be done so that you can start doing something more important:
I'm trying to clear the decks before I go on vacation.
clear someone's name
to prove that someone did not do something that they were accused of:
The men say they have been falsely accused and are determined to clear their names.
clear the table
to remove all the dirty dishes etc, from the table after a meal
clear your throat
to make a noise in your throat before you speak, so that you can speak without any difficulty
clear the way for something
to do what needs to be done so that something can happen without problems:
The new law cleared the way for increased immigration.
,clear a`way phrasal verb intransitive or transitive
to remove something that you have finished using or no longer want in order to make a place neat:
A young woman cleared away their empty cups.
,clear `off phrasal verb intransitive BRITISH INFORMAL
to leave a place quickly
a. used for telling someone rudely to go away
,clear `out phrasal verb
1. ) intransitive or transitive to make a place neat by removing things that are not wanted:
I'm going to clear out the cabinets tomorrow.
Isn't it about time you cleared out some of your junk?
2. ) intransitive INFORMAL to leave a place quickly and often permanently:
clear out of: I sometimes feel like clearing out of here altogether.
a ) INFORMAL used for telling someone rudely to leave a room or building:
Just clear out!
,clear `up phrasal verb
1. ) transitive to solve a problem or a mystery:
Obviously the misunderstanding will have to be cleared up.
The case was never cleared up.
2. ) intransitive if the weather clears up, the clouds or rain go away:
It's supposed to clear up tonight.
3. ) intransitive or transitive if an illness clears up, or if something clears it up, you stop being affected by it:
Most colds clear up after only a few days.
a lotion to clear up acne
4. ) intransitive or transitive MAINLY BRITISH to make a place neat by removing things that you have finished using or no longer want
,clear `up ,after phrasal verb transitive MAINLY BRITISH
clear up after someone to make a place neat after someone else has made it untidy
clear 3 [ klır ] adverb *
/ klIr / completely away from something, or out of the way:
Stan grabbed her hands and pulled her clear.
clear of: Stand clear of the closing doors.
clear to/across/down etc.
all the way to/across/down, etc.:
The explosion blew them clear across the room.
keep/stay/steer clear (of)
to avoid someone or something unpleasant or dangerous:
No one mentioned the divorce, so Lisa decided to steer clear of that subject.
clear 4 [ klır ] noun
in the clear
1. ) no longer believed to be guilty of something bad or illegal:
They've arrested someone else for the robbery, so Dylan's in the clear.
2. ) no longer in a difficult or dangerous situation:
Further tests showed that Sarah was in the clear.

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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