What does clear mean?

Definitions for clear

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word clear.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. clearnoun

    the state of being free of suspicion

    "investigation showed that he was in the clear"

  2. open, clearadjective

    a clear or unobstructed space or expanse of land or water

    "finally broke out of the forest into the open"

  3. clearadjective

    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"

  4. clearadjective

    free from confusion or doubt

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

  5. clear, openadjective

    affording free passage or view

    "a clear view"; "a clear path to victory"; "open waters"; "the open countryside"

  6. clearadjective

    allowing light to pass through

    "clear water"; "clear plastic bags"; "clear glass"; "the air is clear and clean"

  7. clear(p)adjective

    free from contact or proximity or connection

    "we were clear of the danger"; "the ship was clear of the reef"

  8. clearadjective

    characterized by freedom from troubling thoughts (especially guilt)

    "a clear conscience"; "regarded her questioner with clear untroubled eyes"

  9. clean, clear, light, uncloudedadjective

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

    "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"

  10. clear, unmortgagedadjective

    (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"

  11. clear, clean-cut, clear-cutadjective

    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 spire clean-cut against the sky"; "a clear-cut pattern"

  12. well-defined, clearadjective

    accurately stated or described

    "a set of well-defined values"

  13. clearadjective

    free from clouds or mist or haze

    "on a clear day"

  14. clean, clearadjective

    free of restrictions or qualifications

    "a clean bill of health"; "a clear winner"

  15. clearadjective

    free from flaw or blemish or impurity

    "a clear perfect diamond"; "the clear complexion of a healthy young woman"

  16. clearadjective

    clear of charges or deductions

    "a clear profit"

  17. clear, decipherable, readableadjective

    easily deciphered

  18. absolved, clear, cleared, exculpated, exonerated, vindicatedadjective

    freed from any question of guilt

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

  19. clear, percipientverb

    characterized by ease and quickness in perceiving

    "clear mind"; "a percipient author"

  20. unclutter, clearverb

    rid of obstructions

    "Clear your desk"

  21. clearverb

    make a way or path by removing objects

    "Clear a path through the dense forest"

  22. clear up, clear, light up, brightenverb

    become clear

    "The sky cleared after the storm"

  23. authorize, authorise, pass, clearverb

    grant authorization or clearance for

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

  24. clearverb


    "clear the leaves from the lawn"; "Clear snow from the road"

  25. pass, clearverb

    go unchallenged; be approved

    "The bill cleared the House"

  26. clearverb

    be debited and credited to the proper bank accounts

    "The check will clear within 2 business days"

  27. clearverb

    go away or disappear

    "The fog cleared in the afternoon"

  28. clear, topverb

    pass by, over, or under without making contact

    "the balloon cleared the tree tops"

  29. clear, clear up, shed light on, crystallize, crystallise, crystalize, crystalise, straighten out, sort out, enlighten, illuminate, elucidateverb

    make free from confusion or ambiguity; make clear

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

  30. clearverb

    free from payment of customs duties, as of a shipment

    "Clear the ship and let it dock"

  31. clearverb

    clear from impurities, blemishes, pollution, etc.

    "clear the water before it can be drunk"

  32. net, clearverb

    yield as a net profit

    "This sale netted me $1 million"

  33. net, sack, sack up, clearverb

    make as a net profit

    "The company cleared $1 million"

  34. gain, take in, clear, make, earn, realize, realise, pull in, bring inverb

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

    "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"

  35. clearverb


    "We cleared a lot of the old model cars"

  36. clearverb

    pass an inspection or receive authorization

    "clear customs"

  37. acquit, assoil, clear, discharge, exonerate, exculpateverb

    pronounce not guilty of criminal charges

    "The suspect was cleared of the murder charges"

  38. clear, solveverb

    settle, as of a debt

    "clear a debt"; "solve an old debt"

  39. clearverb

    make clear, bright, light, or translucent

    "The water had to be cleared through filtering"

  40. clearverb

    rid of instructions or data

    "clear a memory buffer"

  41. clearverb

    remove (people) from a building

    "clear the patrons from the theater after the bomb threat"

  42. clearverb

    remove the occupants of

    "Clear the building"

  43. clear, clear upadverb

    free (the throat) by making a rasping sound

    "Clear the throat"

  44. clear, all the wayadverb


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

  45. clearly, clearadverb

    in an easily perceptible manner

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


  1. Clearverb

    To become free from turbidity; -- of solutions or suspensions of liquids; as, the salt has not completely dissolved until the suspension clears up; when refrigerated, the juice may become cloudy, but when warmed to room temperature, it clears up again.


  1. clearverb

    To remove obstructions or impediments.

    Clear the way.

  2. clearverb

    To eliminate ambiguity or doubt from a matter; to clarify; especially, to clear up.

  3. clearverb

    To remove from suspicion; especially of having committed a crime

    The court cleared the man of murder.

  4. clearverb

    To pass without interference; to miss.

    The door just barely clears the table as it closes.

  5. clearverb

    To become clear.

    After a heavy rain, the sky cleared nicely for the evening.

  6. clearverb

    Of a check or financial transaction, to go through as payment; to be processed so that the money is transferred.

    The check might not clear for a couple of days.

  7. clearverb

    To earn a profit of; to net.

    He's been clearing seven thousand a week.

  8. clearverb

    To obtain permission to use (a sample of copyrighted audio) in another track.

  9. clearverb

    To defend by hitting (or kicking, throwing, heading etc.) the ball (or puck) from the defending goal.

  10. clearverb

    to fell all trees of a forest.

  11. clearadverb

    All the way; entirely.

    I threw it clear across the river to the other side.

  12. clearadverb

    Not near something or touching it.

    Stand clear of the rails, a train is coming.

  13. clearadverb

    free (or separate) from others

  14. clearadjective

    Completely transparent in colour

    as clear as crystal

  15. clearadjective

    Bright, not dark or obscured.

  16. clearadjective

    Free of obstacles.

  17. clearadjective

    Without clouds.

    clear weather, a clear day

  18. clearadjective

    Free of ambiguity or doubt.

  19. clearadjective

    Free of guilt, or suspicion.

    a clear conscience

  20. clearadjective

    Of the sky, such that less than one eighth of its area is obscured by clouds.

  21. clearadjective

    Without a thickening ingredient.

  22. clearadjective

    Possessing little or no perceptible stimuli

  23. clearadjective

    Free from the influence of engrams; see .

  24. Clearnoun

    An idea state of beingness free of unwanted influences.

  25. Etymology: clere, from cler, from cler (Modern French clair), from clarus. Displaced native Middle English schir (from Old English scir), Middle English skere (from Old English scære and Old Norse skær), Middle English smolt (from Old English smolt).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Clear

    free from opaqueness; transparent; bright; light; luminous; unclouded

  2. Clear

    free from ambiguity or indistinctness; lucid; perspicuous; plain; evident; manifest; indubitable

  3. Clear

    able to perceive clearly; keen; acute; penetrating; discriminating; as, a clear intellect; a clear head

  4. Clear

    not clouded with passion; serene; cheerful

  5. Clear

    easily or distinctly heard; audible; canorous

  6. Clear

    without mixture; entirely pure; as, clear sand

  7. Clear

    without defect or blemish, such as freckles or knots; as, a clear complexion; clear lumber

  8. Clear

    free from guilt or stain; unblemished

  9. Clear

    without diminution; in full; net; as, clear profit

  10. Clear

    free from impediment or obstruction; unobstructed; as, a clear view; to keep clear of debt

  11. Clear

    free from embarrassment; detention, etc

  12. Clearnoun

    full extent; distance between extreme limits; especially; the distance between the nearest surfaces of two bodies, or the space between walls; as, a room ten feet square in the clear

  13. Clearadverb

    in a clear manner; plainly

  14. Clearadverb

    without limitation; wholly; quite; entirely; as, to cut a piece clear off

  15. Clearverb

    to render bright, transparent, or undimmed; to free from clouds

  16. Clearverb

    to free from impurities; to clarify; to cleanse

  17. Clearverb

    to free from obscurity or ambiguity; to relive of perplexity; to make perspicuous

  18. Clearverb

    to render more quick or acute, as the understanding; to make perspicacious

  19. Clearverb

    to free from impediment or incumbrance, from defilement, or from anything injurious, useless, or offensive; as, to clear land of trees or brushwood, or from stones; to clear the sight or the voice; to clear one's self from debt; -- often used with of, off, away, or out

  20. Clearverb

    to free from the imputation of guilt; to justify, vindicate, or acquit; -- often used with from before the thing imputed

  21. Clearverb

    to leap or pass by, or over, without touching or failure; as, to clear a hedge; to clear a reef

  22. Clearverb

    to gain without deduction; to net

  23. Clearverb

    to become free from clouds or fog; to become fair; -- often followed by up, off, or away

  24. Clearverb

    to disengage one's self from incumbrances, distress, or entanglements; to become free

  25. Clearverb

    to make exchanges of checks and bills, and settle balances, as is done in a clearing house

  26. Clearverb

    to obtain a clearance; as, the steamer cleared for Liverpool to-day


  1. Clear

    Clear in Dianetics and Scientology is one of two levels a practitioner can achieve on the way to personal salvation. A state of Clear is reached when a person becomes free of the influence of engrams, unwanted emotions or painful traumas not readily available to the conscious mind. Scientologists believe that human beings accumulate anxieties, psychosomatic illnesses, and aberration due to receiving engrams throughout their lives. By applying dianetics, every single person can reach Clear. A person is said to be a Clear when he "no longer has his own reactive mind and therefore suffers none of the ill effects that the reactive mind can cause." A Clear is said to be "at cause over" their "mental energy", and able to think clearly even when faced with the very situation that in earlier times caused them difficulty. The next level of spiritual development is that of an Operating Thetan. A person who has not reached a state of Clear is called a "pre-clear." Dianetics states that a person's awareness is influenced by the stimulus-response of the reactive mind. Achieving the state of Clear means a person has overcome the reactive mind and is in complete control of their analytical mind. According to Hubbard: "A Clear is a being who no longer has his own reactive mind, and therefore suffers none of the ill effects the reactive mind can cause. The Clear has no engrams which, when restimulated, throw out the correctness of his computations by entering hidden and false data." It is estimated that the cost of reaching the Clear state in Scientology is $128,000.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Clear

    klēr, adj. pure, bright, undimmed: free from obstruction or difficulty: plain, distinct: without blemish, defect, drawback, or diminution: conspicuous: transparent.—adv. in a clear manner: plainly: wholly: quite.—v.t. to make clear: to empty: to free from obscurity, obstruction, or guilt: to free, acquit, or vindicate; to leap, or pass by or over; to make profit: to settle a bill.—v.i. to become clear: to grow free, bright, or transparent.—ns. Clear′age, a piece of land cleared; Clear′ance, act of clearing: removal of hinderances: a certificate that a ship has been cleared at the custom-house—that is, has satisfied all demands and procured permission to sail.—adjs. Clear′-eyed, clear-sighted, discerning; Clear′-head′ed, having a clear understanding, sagacious.—ns. Clear′ing, the act of making clear: a tract of land cleared of wood, &c., for cultivation: a method by which bankers exchange cheques and drafts, and arrange the differences; Clear′ing-house, a place in London where such clearing business is done; Clear′ing-nut, the seed of Strychnos potatorum, used in the East Indies for clearing muddy water.—adv. Clear′ly, in a clear manner: distinctly.—ns. Clear′ness; Clear′-obscure′ (see Chiaroscuro).—adj. Clear′-sight′ed, having clearness of sight: discerning.—ns. Clear′-sight′edness; Clear′-starch′er, a laundress; Clear′-starch′ing, the act of stiffening linen with clear starch; Clear-story (see Clerestory).—Clear out, to be off; Clear the way, to make the way open; Clear up, to become clear. [Fr. clair—L. clarus, clear.]

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. clear

    1. To approve or authorize, or to obtain approval or authorization for: a. a person or persons with regard to their actions, movements, duties, etc.; b. an object or group of objects, as equipment or supplies, with regard to quality, quantity, purpose, movement, disposition, etc.; and c. a request, with regard to correctness of form, validity, etc. 2. To give one or more aircraft a clearance. 3. To give a person a security clearance. 4. To fly over an obstacle without touching it. 5. To pass a designated point, line, or object. The end of a column must pass the designated feature before the latter is cleared. 6. a. To operate a gun so as to unload it or make certain no ammunition remains; and b. to free a gun of stoppages. 7. To clear an engine; to open the throttle of an idling engine to free it from carbon. 8. To clear the air to gain either temporary or permanent air superiority or control in a given sector.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. clear

    Is variously applied, to weather, sea-coasts, cordage, navigation, &c., as opposed to foggy, to dangerous, to entangled. It is usually opposed to foul in all these senses.

Editors Contribution

  1. clear

    To feel, know and understand accurately.

    It was crystal clear we had achieved as a team.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 13, 2020  
  2. clear

    Transparent able to view and see.

    The sleeve on the mobile is crystal clear.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 25, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'clear' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #401

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'clear' in Written Corpus Frequency: #611

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'clear' in Verbs Frequency: #345

  4. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'clear' in Adjectives Frequency: #34

Anagrams for clear »

  1. lacer

  2. Clare

  3. carle

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of clear in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of clear in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of clear in a Sentence

  1. De Blasio:

    I think like a lot of people in this country I want to see a vision. And, again, that would be true of candidates on all levels. It's time to see a clear, bold vision for progressive economic change.

  2. Alexey Pushkov:

    The attention of the whole world is focused today on Helsinki and it's crystal clear to everyone: the fate of the world is being decided between Russia and the United States, the leaders of the two major powers of our planet are meeting.

  3. David Oscar Markus:

    She has now been charged as a co-conspirator and the agreement says that they can’t prosecute co-conspirators, seems pretty clear!

  4. Donald Trump:

    I made that loud and clear. I told that to Mick Mulvaney, I told it to a lot of people -- where's Mick Mulvaney ? -- wherever Hunter Biden is, i told it to a lot of different people. I told it to Mike Pence, I told it to -- two Mikes. I told it to Steve. I said it to Wilbur Ross.

  5. Jay Inslee:

    It became clear that we would not meet the DNC's polling threshold, thus we would not have been invited to the fall debates, as a result, I don't believe we can compete for the attention and exposure needed to have a reasonable shot at the nomination.

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Translations for clear

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  • شَفّاف, واضحArabic
  • яҡтыBashkir
  • разчиствам, изяснявам, напълно, съвсем, освобождавам се, оправдавам, покрай, чист, несъмнен, свободен, ясен, светъл, прозраченBulgarian
  • aclarir-se, rebutjar, clarCatalan, Valencian
  • mimo, vyjasnit, vyčistit, očistit, jasný, čirý, čistýCzech
  • opklare, rense, klare op, gennemføre, bane, gå fri af, klar, tydelig, god, fri, gennemsigtigDanish
  • räumen, freiräumen, abklären, ausräumen, entheben, freigeben, klar werden, klären, aufklären, befreien, roden, verrechnen, deutchlich, heiter, frei, hell, durchsichtig, wolkenlos, klar, rein, eindeutigGerman
  • σαφήςGreek
  • klaraEsperanto
  • desobstruir, aclarar, eximir, franquear, deforestar, desmontar, despejar, clarificar, esclarecer, despejarse, aclararse, despejado, claro, transparente, libre, limpio, nítido, obvio, definidoSpanish
  • ilmneEstonian
  • روشن استPersian
  • poissa, lupa, selvittää, selventää, selvä, selvitä, selventyä, siivota, hakata, kirkas, raivata, irti, väistää, kirkastua, kliirata, puhdas, selkeä, vapaa, viaton, kuulas, yksikäsitteinen, pilvetön, esteetön, syytön, läpinäkyvä, -ton, clear-tila, asia selväFinnish
  • clarifier, s'éclaircir, dégagé, sans ambiguïté, libre, transparent, clairFrench
  • glan, spéirghlanIrish
  • soilleirich, saor, soilleirScottish Gaelic
  • claroGalician
  • ניקה, סילוק, התבהר, פינוי, הבהיר, צלולה, נקי, צלול, ברורה, בהיר, פנוי, פנויה, ברורHebrew
  • स्पष्टHindi
  • tiszta, világos, mentes, egyértelműHungarian
  • մաքուր, ջինջ, պարզ, ազատArmenian
  • bersihIndonesian
  • chiarire, chiaro, pulito, sereno, libero, trasparente, pulireItalian
  • ברורHebrew
  • 晴れる, 透明, 晴朗, 澄み切ったJapanese
  • ಸ್ಪಷ್ಟKannada
  • 맑은, 결백한, 투명한, 명백한, 갠, 명확한Korean
  • ڕه‌وانKurdish
  • patet,Latin
  • kloerLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
  • skaidrs, dzidrsLatvian
  • tiraki, tāwai, whakaatea, waere, whakarakeMāori
  • jelasMalay
  • ontruimen, verduidelijken, weg van, vrijspreken, opklaren, helemaal, ruimen, vrijmaken, verklaren, ontheven, verrekenen, klaar, doorschijnend, doorzichtig, helder, duidelijk, onbewolkt, zuiver, vrij, wolkenloosDutch
  • ren, klar, fri, skyfri, gjennomsiktigNorwegian
  • jasnyPolish
  • څرګند, روڼ, صفاPashto, Pushto
  • fora, desobstruir, clarear, franquear, desmatar, desflorestar, através, longe, limpar, eximir, lucrar, livre, claro, desnublado, limpoPortuguese
  • clar, clerRomansh
  • limpede, liber, clar, senin, curatRomanian
  • разъяснить, оправдывать, пройти, рассеиваться, совсем, расчистить, очищать, прояснять, прояснить, проходить, оправдать, рассеяться, полностью, расчищать, очистить, разъяснять, в стороне, чистый, свободный, понятный, ясный, светлый, явный, прозрачный, чёткий, ЧистоRussian
  • craru, giaru, ciaru, claruSardinian
  • чи̏ст, čȉstSerbo-Croatian
  • očistiti, razjasniti, pojasniti, čist, jasenSlovene
  • klargöra, fria, klarna, gå igenom, frikänna, rensa, genomskinlig, klar, renSwedish
  • தெளிவானTamil
  • విముక్తి, నిస్సందేహము, విడుదల, నిర్మలము, నిరాటంకము, వర్ణరహితము, స్పష్టము, స్పష్టమైనTelugu
  • ชัดเจน, ใส, ปลอดโปร่ง, กระจ่างแจ้งThai
  • açıkTurkish
  • ясноUkrainian
  • صافUrdu
  • thông thoángVietnamese
  • קלאָרYiddish
  • 明确Chinese

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    a central point or locus of an infection in an organism
    • A. profaneness
    • B. rung
    • C. nidus
    • D. confrere

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