What is the meaning of clear?


  • The state of being free of suspicion.
    • usage: "investigation showed that he was in the clear"
  • A clear or unobstructed space or expanse of land or water.
    • usage: "finally broke out of the forest into the open"


  • Rid of obstructions.
    • usage: "Clear your desk"
  • Make a way or path by removing objects.
    • usage: "Clear a path through the dense forest"
  • Become clear.
    • usage: "The sky cleared after the storm"
  • Grant authorization or clearance for.
    • usage: "Clear the manuscript for publication"; "The rock star never authorized this slanderous biography"
  • Remove.
    • usage: "clear the leaves from the lawn"; "Clear snow from the road"
  • Go unchallenged; be approved.
    • usage: "The bill cleared the House"
  • Be debited and credited to the proper bank accounts.
    • usage: "The check will clear within 2 business days"
  • Go away or disappear.
    • usage: "The fog cleared in the afternoon"
  • Pass by, over, or under without making contact.
    • usage: "the balloon cleared the tree tops"
  • Make free from confusion or ambiguity; make clear.
    • usage: "Could you clarify these remarks"; "Clear up the question of who is at fault"
  • Free from payment of customs duties, as of a shipment.
    • usage: "Clear the ship and let it dock"
  • Clear from impurities, blemishes, pollution, etc..
    • usage: "clear the water before it can be drunk"
  • Yield as a net profit.
    • usage: "This sale netted me $1 million"
  • Make as a net profit.
    • usage: "The company cleared $1 million"
  • Earn on some commercial or business transaction; earn as salary or wages.
    • usage: "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"
  • Sell.
    • usage: "We cleared a lot of the old model cars"
  • Pass an inspection or receive authorization.
    • usage: "clear customs"
  • Pronounce not guilty of criminal charges.
    • usage: "The suspect was cleared of the murder charges"
  • Settle, as of a debt.
    • usage: "clear a debt"; "solve an old debt"
  • Make clear, bright, light, or translucent.
    • usage: "The water had to be cleared through filtering"
  • Rid of instructions or data.
    • usage: "clear a memory buffer"
  • Remove (people) from a building.
    • usage: "clear the patrons from the theater after the bomb threat"
  • Remove the occupants of.
    • usage: "Clear the building"
  • Free (the throat) by making a rasping sound.
    • usage: "Clear the throat"


  • Readily apparent to the mind.
    • usage: "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"
  • Free from confusion or doubt.
    • usage: "a complex problem requiring a clear head"; "not clear about what is expected of us"
  • Affording free passage or view.
    • usage: "a clear view"; "a clear path to victory"; "open waters"; "the open countryside"
  • Allowing light to pass through.
    • usage: "clear water"; "clear plastic bags"; "clear glass"; "the air is clear and clean"
  • Free from contact or proximity or connection.
    • usage: "we were clear of the danger"; "the ship was clear of the reef"
  • Characterized by freedom from troubling thoughts (especially guilt. )
    • usage: "a clear conscience"; "regarded her questioner with clear untroubled eyes"
  • Of sound or color. ( free from anything that dulls or dims)
    • usage: "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"
  • Especially of a title. ( free from any encumbrance or limitation that presents a question of fact or law)
    • usage: "I have clear title to this property"
  • Clear and distinct to the senses; easily perceptible.
    • usage: "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"
  • Accurately stated or described.
    • usage: "a set of well-defined values"
  • Free from clouds or mist or haze.
    • usage: "on a clear day"
  • Free of restrictions or qualifications.
    • usage: "a clean bill of health"; "a clear winner"
  • Free from flaw or blemish or impurity.
    • usage: "a clear perfect diamond"; "the clear complexion of a healthy young woman"
  • Clear of charges or deductions.
    • usage: "a clear profit"
  • Easily deciphered.
  • Freed from any question of guilt.
    • usage: "is absolved from all blame"; "was now clear of the charge of cowardice"; "his official honor is vindicated"
  • Characterized by ease and quickness in perceiving.
    • usage: "clear mind"; "a percipient author"


  • Completely.
    • usage: "read the book clear to the end"; "slept clear through the night"; "there were open fields clear to the horizon"
  • In an easily perceptible manner.
    • usage: "could be seen clearly under the microscope"; "She cried loud and clear"
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APAWordNet. (2010). clear. Retrieved March 26, 2019, from http://smartdefine.org/clear/definitions/1170791
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