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adjective American English pronunciation: clear /klɪr/ 
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adjectiveclear
comparativeclearer
superlativeclearest
  1. 1
    easy to understand

    Clear instructions are provided.

    make something clear:

    He's made his intentions quite clear.

    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.

  2. 2
    obvious and impossible to doubt
    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. 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.

  4. 5
    easy to see

    Though the picture was small, it was clear and sharp.

  5. 6
    easy to hear

    "I did it," she said in a clear voice.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

    1. a.
      be clear that to feel confident and determined about a belief or decision

      As a party, we are clear that the rich need to make a bigger contribution to our tax revenues.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 13
    not touching something or not too close to it
    clear of:

    Make sure your hands are completely clear of the blades.

  11. 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.

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