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clear

verb (REMOVE BLOCK)    /klɪər/ US  /klɪr/
B1 [I or T] to remove or get rid of whatever is blocking or filling something, or to stop being blocked or full: It took several hours to clear the road after the accident. I'll make the coffee if you'll clear the table. If you use this nasal spray, your nose should clear a bit. After my aunt died, we arranged for her house to be cleared (= for the furniture to be removed from it). If you press this key, the computer screen will clear (= the text and pictures will be removed from it). Shops are currently holding sales to clear their summer stock (= get rid of goods by selling them cheaply). Paul helped his elderly neighbour by clearing her path of snow/clearing snow from her path. Could you clear your things off/from the sofa? I never leave work until I've cleared my in-tray (= have finished the work that needs to be done).Removing and extractingEmptying clear your throat to give a small cough: She cleared her throat nervously before she began to speak.Noises made by the body
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