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verb clear pronunciation in British English /klɪə(r)/
Word Forms
present tense
present participleclearing
past tensecleared
past participlecleared
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  1. 1
    [transitive] to remove people or things from a place where they are not wanted
    Millions of acres of tropical forest have been cleared.
    clear something from something: Julia began to clear the dishes from the table.
    clear something of something: The ground should first be cleared of weeds.
    clear a space for someone/something: He cleared a space on his desk for a cup of coffee.
    1. a.
      [intransitive] if a place clears, the people in it leave it
      The room cleared quickly after the final speeches.
  2. 2
    [transitive] to remove something that is blocking a place such as a road or passage
    The police cleared a way through to the front of the building.
    1. a.
      [intransitive] to stop being blocked
      Eventually the roads cleared and the traffic began to flow again.
  3. 3
    [transitive] [usually passive] to prove officially that someone did not do something wrong
    be cleared of something: The two men were cleared of murder yesterday.
  4. 5
    [intransitive] if something such as smoke clears, it starts to disappear
    They waited while the mist cleared a little.
  5. 8
    [intransitive] if someones face clears, they stop looking annoyed, upset, or confused
    She frowned for a moment, then her brow cleared.
  6. 9
    [intransitive/transitive] if your mind or head clears, or if it is cleared, it stops being confused, tired, or affected by something such as alcohol
    clear something of something: Clear your mind of all negative thoughts.
  7. 10
    [transitive] to go over, under, or past an object without touching it
    One horse failed to clear the gate and was injured.
    clear something by 2 metres/ 6 inches etc: The aircraft cleared the houses by only a few metres.
  8. 11
    [intransitive/transitive] if a cheque clears, or if a bank clears it, the bank allows the money to be used
    How long will the cheque take to clear?
  9. 12
    [transitive] to give or obtain official permission for something to happen
    clear something with someone: You’ll have to clear this project with head office.
    1. a.
      to give a plane, ship, or person permission to enter or leave a place
      clear something for something: After half an hour the plane was cleared for take-off.
    2. b.
      to obtain permission to enter a country or take something into a country after being checked by officials
      clear immigration/customs/passport control: Delays are often reported by passengers waiting to clear customs.
      clear something through customs: Someone from the embassy helped us to clear our baggage through customs.
  10. 13
    [transitive] to pay back all of the money that you owe to the person you borrowed it from
    clear a debt: Try to clear your existing debts first.
  11. 14
    [transitive] informal to earn a particular amount of money after paying taxes, charges, or costs
    He clears about £500 a week.
  12. 15
    [transitive] to deal successfully with a problem
    clear an obstacle: The company has cleared the main obstacle to concluding the sale.
    clear a hurdle: The first hurdle to clear is persuading investors of the merits of the product.
  13. 16
    [transitive] to do all the work that you have to do
    clear a backlog: Extra staff have had to be brought in to clear the backlog.


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