Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “clear”

clear

adjective [-er/-est only]  /klɪər/ us  

clear adjective [-er/-est only] (UNDERSTANDABLE)

easy to understand, or easy to see or hear: I left clear instructions that no one was to come in my office. He spoke in a clear voice. It wasn’t clear what he meant.

clear adjective [-er/-est only] (CERTAIN)

certain or obvious; not in any doubt: [+ that clause] It’s clear now that it was a mistake to have raised prices last spring. [+ question word] It isn’t clear how long the strike will continue.

clear adjective [-er/-est only] (NOT CONFUSED)

free from confusion; able to think quickly and well: Mary is good at making decisions because she’s a very clear thinker.

clear adjective [-er/-est only] (SEEING THROUGH)

easy to see through; not cloudy or foggy: clear water a clear day fig. I have clear memories of (= I can remember well) visiting my grandfather’s farm when I was a child. If a person’s skin is clear, it has no marks or spots on it: a clear complexion

clear adjective [-er/-est only] (BE NOT GUILTY)

free from guilt: My conscience is clear – I did what I could to help her.

clear adjective [-er/-est only] (GET RID OF)

not blocked or filled; open or available: We have a clear view of the ocean from our hotel window. The only time the doctor has clear today is 3:30 – can you make it then?

clear

verb  /klɪr/ us  

clear verb (MAKE NOT GUILTY)

[T] to show someone to be not guilty: He was cleared of all charges, and the judge said he was free to go.

clear verb (GET RID OF)

[T] to remove or get rid of something or remove something blocking the way, or to move people away from a place: It took several hours to clear the road after the accident. Please clear the aisle and take your seats. [M] Just let me clear the dishes off the table and put them in the sink.

clear verb (NOT TOUCH)

[I/T] to pass near something without touching it: [I] With the high-jump bar at 6 feet 2 inches, she cleared easily.

clear verb (GIVE PERMISSION)

[T] to give official permission for something, or to satisfy the official conditions of something: Our plane has been cleared for takeoff, so will the flight attendants please be seated. I’m still waiting for my paycheck to clear (= be officially approved and processed) so I can pay my bills.
(Definition of clear from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of clear?
Browse related topics

You are looking at an entry to do with Certainty, but you might be interested in these topics from the Chance and possibility topic area:

Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “clear” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

look on the bright side

to find good things in a bad situation

Word of the Day

The language of work

by Kate Woodford,
October 15, 2014
Most of us talk about our jobs. We tell our family and friends interesting or funny things that have happened in the workplace (=room where we do our job), we describe – and sometimes complain about – our bosses and colleagues and when we meet someone for the first time, we tell

Read More 

life tracking noun

October 20, 2014
the use of one or more devices or apps to monitor health, exercise, how time is spent, etc.

Read More