clear

Clear means clean and uncluttered, without distractions or confusion. If your explanation of relativity is clear, it's easy to understand. If the sky’s clear, there isn't a cloud to be seen.

As a verb, clear implies getting rid of obstacles. You can clear your head (get rid of anxiety and upsetting thoughts); clear the way (remove obstacles in your path); or clear the trees to make a clearing where you can pitch your tent. If you own your car "free and clear," it's all yours — you don't owe anything on it. When you arrive in a country, you clear customs when officials check your papers and belongings and send you on your way.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: clear

1
adjvnadv
readily apparent to the mind
rid of obstructions
the state of being free of suspicion
in an easily perceptible manner
2
adv
completely
3
v
earn on some commercial or business transaction; earn as salary or wages
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: clear
1

adj readily apparent to the mind

“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”
Synonyms
unambiguous
having or exhibiting a single clearly defined meaning
broad, unsubtle
lacking subtlety; obvious
clear-cut, distinct, trenchant
clearly or sharply defined to the mind
crystal clear, limpid, lucid, luculent, pellucid, perspicuous
(of language) transparently clear; easily understandable
prima facie
as it seems at first sight
unmistakable
clearly evident to the mind
vivid
having the clarity and freshness of immediate experience
comprehendible, comprehensible
capable of being comprehended or understood
definite
precise; explicit and clearly defined
distinct
easy to perceive; especially clearly outlined
Antonyms:
unclear
not clear to the mind
ambiguous
having more than one possible meaning
blurred, clouded
unclear in form or expression
confusing, perplexing, puzzling
lacking clarity of meaning; causing confusion or perplexity
obscure, vague
not clearly understood or expressed
opaque
not transmitting or reflecting light or radiant energy; impenetrable to sight
incomprehensible, uncomprehensible
difficult to understand
indefinite
vague or not clearly defined or stated
indistinct
not clearly defined or easy to perceive or understand
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adj clear and distinct to the senses; easily perceptible

“as clear as a whistle”
clear footprints in the snow”
“the letter brought back a clear image of his grandfather”
“a clear-cut pattern”
Synonyms:
clean-cut, clear-cut
distinct
easy to perceive; especially clearly outlined

adj easily deciphered

Synonyms:
decipherable, readable
legible
(of handwriting, print, etc.) capable of being read or deciphered

adj accurately stated or described

Synonyms:
well-defined
Antonyms:
ill-defined, unclear
poorly stated or described

adj free from confusion or doubt

“a complex problem requiring a clear head”
“not clear about what is expected of us”
Synonyms
clear-thinking, clearheaded
not mentally confused; able to think clearly and act intelligently

adj characterized by ease and quickness in perceiving

clear mind”
Synonyms:
percipient
discerning
having or revealing keen insight and good judgment

adj characterized by freedom from troubling thoughts (especially guilt)

“a clear conscience”
“regarded her questioner with clear untroubled eyes”
Synonyms
untroubled
not beset by troubles or disturbance or distress

adj freed from any question of guilt

“was now clear of the charge of cowardice”
Synonyms:
absolved, cleared, exculpated, exonerated, vindicated
clean-handed, guiltless, innocent
free from evil or guilt

adj affording free passage or view

“a clear view”
“a clear path to victory”
Synonyms:
open
unobstructed
free from impediment or obstruction or hindrance

adj allowing light to pass through

clear water”
clear plastic bags”
clear glass”
“the air is clear and clean”
Synonyms
crystal clear, crystalline, limpid, lucid, pellucid, transparent
transmitting light; able to be seen through with clarity
hyaline, hyaloid
resembling glass in transparency or translucency
limpid, liquid
clear and bright
semitransparent, translucent
allowing light to pass through diffusely
unclouded
not made opaque or cloudy by sediment
unfrosted
(of glass) lacking a frosted coating
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opaque
not transmitting or reflecting light or radiant energy; impenetrable to sight
unclear
not clear to the mind
cloudy, mirky, muddy, murky, turbid
(of liquids) clouded as with sediment
fogged, foggy
obscured by fog
frosted
(of glass) having a roughened coating resembling frost
glaucous
having a frosted look from a powdery coating, as on plants
light-tight, lightproof
not penetrable by light
milklike, milky, whitish
resembling milk in color not clear
semiopaque
partially opaque
solid
impenetrable for the eye
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adj free from clouds or mist or haze

“on a clear day”
Synonyms
cloudless, unclouded
free from clouds
fair
free of clouds or rain
serene
completely clear and fine
Antonyms:
cloudy
full of or covered with clouds
brumous, foggy, hazy, misty
filled or abounding with fog or mist
fogbound
enveloped in fog
cloud-covered, clouded, overcast, sunless
filled or abounding with clouds
cloudlike, nebular
resembling a cloud
dull, leaden
darkened with overcast
heavy, lowering, sullen, threatening
darkened by clouds
miasmal, miasmic, vaporous, vapourous
filled with vapor
smoggy
clouded with a mixture of smoke and fog
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adj free of restrictions or qualifications

“a clear winner”
Synonyms:
clean
unqualified
not limited or restricted

adj free from contact or proximity or connection

“we were clear of the danger”
“the ship was clear of the reef”
Synonyms
free
able to act at will; not hampered; not under compulsion or restraint

adj clear of charges or deductions

“a clear profit”
Synonyms
net, nett
remaining after all deductions

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

“I have clear title to this property”
Synonyms:
unmortgaged
unencumbered
free of encumbrance

adj free from flaw or blemish or impurity

“a clear perfect diamond”
“the clear complexion of a healthy young woman”
Synonyms
perfect
being complete of its kind and without defect or blemish

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

clear laughter like a waterfall”
clear reds and blues”
Synonyms:
clean, light, unclouded
pure
free of extraneous elements of any kind

v rid of obstructions

Clear your desk”
Synonyms:
unclutter
Antonyms:
clutter, clutter up
fill a space in a disorderly way
Type of:
alter, change, modify
cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

v make a way or path by removing objects

Clear a path through the dense forest”
Type of:
create, make
make or cause to be or to become

v remove

clear the leaves from the lawn”
Clear snow from the road”
Synonyms
unclutter
rid of obstructions
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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
defoliate
strip the leaves or branches from
burn off
clear land of its vegetation by burning it off
Type of:
remove, take, take away, withdraw
remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract

v rid of instructions or data

clear a memory buffer”
Type of:
empty
make void or empty of contents

v make free from confusion or ambiguity; make clear

Clear up the question of who is at fault”
Synonyms:
clear up, crystalise, crystalize, crystallise, crystallize, elucidate, enlighten, illuminate, shed light on, sort out, straighten out
Type of:
clarify, clear up, elucidate
make clear and (more) comprehensible

v clear from impurities, blemishes, pollution, etc.

clear the water before it can be drunk”
Type of:
disembarrass, free, rid
relieve from

v make clear, bright, light, or translucent

“The water had to be cleared through filtering”
Type of:
alter, change, modify
cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

v become clear

“The sky cleared after the storm”
Synonyms:
brighten, clear up, light up
Antonyms:
cloud, overcast
make overcast or cloudy

v grant authorization or clearance for

Clear the manuscript for publication”
Synonyms:
authorise, authorize, pass
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approbate
approve or sanction officially
certificate
authorize by certificate
O.K., approve, okay, sanction
give sanction to
declare
authorize payments of
certify, licence, license
authorize officially
commission
charge with a task
formalise, formalize, validate
declare or make legally valid
sanction
give religious sanction to, such as through on oath
visa
approve officially
franchise
grant a franchise to
charter
grant a charter to
back, endorse, indorse, plump for, plunk for, support
be behind; approve of
ratify, sign
approve and express assent, responsibility, or obligation
co-sign, cosign
sign jointly
probate
establish the legal validity of (wills and other documents)
accredit, recognise, recognize
grant credentials to
confirm
support a person for a position
Type of:
allow, countenance, let, permit
consent to, give permission

v pass an inspection or receive authorization

clear customs”
Type of:
pass
go unchallenged; be approved

v go unchallenged; be approved

“The bill cleared the House”
Synonyms:
pass
Type of:
bring home the bacon, come through, deliver the goods, succeed, win
attain success or reach a desired goal

v go away or disappear

“The fog cleared in the afternoon”
Type of:
disappear, go away, vanish
become invisible or unnoticeable

v pass by, over, or under without making contact

“the balloon cleared the tree tops”
Synonyms:
top
Types:
hop
jump across
Type of:
overhaul, overtake, pass
travel past

v pronounce not guilty of criminal charges

“The suspect was cleared of the murder charges”
Synonyms:
acquit, assoil, discharge, exculpate, exonerate
Antonyms:
convict
find or declare guilty
Types:
vindicate
clear of accusation, blame, suspicion, or doubt with supporting proof
whitewash
exonerate by means of a perfunctory investigation or through biased presentation of data
purge
clear of a charge
Type of:
judge, label, pronounce
pronounce judgment on

v remove (people) from a building

clear the patrons from the theater after the bomb threat”
Type of:
move out, remove, take out
cause to leave

v remove the occupants of

Clear the building”
Type of:
empty
make void or empty of contents

v free (the throat) by making a rasping sound

Clear the throat”
Synonyms:
clear up
Type of:
remove, take, take away, withdraw
remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract

n the state of being free of suspicion

“investigation showed that he was in the clear
Type of:
innocence
a state or condition of being innocent of a specific crime or offense

n a clear or unobstructed space or expanse of land or water

Synonyms:
open
Type of:
area, country
a particular geographical region of indefinite boundary (usually serving some special purpose or distinguished by its people or culture or geography)

adv in an easily perceptible manner

“She cried loud and clear
Synonyms:
clearly
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adv completely

“read the book clear to the end”
“slept clear through the night”
“there were open fields clear to the horizon”
Synonyms:
all the way
3

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

“He clears $5,000 each month”
Synonyms:
bring in, earn, gain, make, pull in, realise, realize, take in
make
act in a certain way so as to acquire
net, sack, sack up
make as a net profit
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eke out, squeeze out
make by laborious and precarious means
profit, turn a profit
make a profit; gain money or materially
rake off
take money from an illegal transaction
bring home, take home
earn as a salary or wage
rake in, shovel in
earn large sums of money
gross
earn before taxes, expenses, etc.
bear, pay, yield
bring in
line one's pockets
make a lot of money
turn a nice dime, turn a nice dollar, turn a nice penny
make a satisfactory profit
clean up
make a big profit; often in a short period of time
net
yield as a net profit
pay off
yield a profit or result
Type of:
acquire, get
come into the possession of something concrete or abstract

v yield as a net profit

Synonyms:
net
net, sack, sack up
make as a net profit
Type of:
bear, pay, yield
bring in

v make as a net profit

“The company cleared $1 million”
Synonyms:
net, sack, sack up
bring in, earn, gain, make, pull in, realise, realize, take in
earn on some commercial or business transaction; earn as salary or wages
net
yield as a net profit
Type of:
benefit, gain, profit
derive a benefit from

v sell

“We cleared a lot of the old model cars”
Type of:
sell
exchange or deliver for money or its equivalent

v settle, as of a debt

clear a debt”
Synonyms:
solve
Type of:
determine, settle, square off, square up
settle conclusively; come to terms

v free from payment of customs duties, as of a shipment

Clear the ship and let it dock”
Type of:
discharge, free
free from obligations or duties

v be debited and credited to the proper bank accounts

“The check will clear within 2 business days”
Antonyms:
bounce
come back after being refused
bounce
refuse to accept and send back
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