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phrasal verb
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theyclear out
he/she/itclears out
present participleclearing out
past tensecleared out
past participlecleared out
  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to make a place or container clean or neat by removing things that are not wanted and getting rid of any dirt or dust in it

    I’m going to clear out the cabinets tomorrow.

    1. a.
      to remove things that are not wanted from a place or container in order to make it neat

      Isn’t it about time you cleared out some of your junk?

  2. 2
    [intransitive] informal to leave a place quickly and often permanently
    clear out of:

    I sometimes feel like clearing out of here altogether.

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