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English definition of “clearly”


adverb (CERTAIN)    /ˈklɪə.li/ US  /ˈklɪr-/
B1 used to show that you think something is obvious or certain : The accident was clearly the lorry driver's fault . Clearly, you should tell her the truth .Apparent and obviousVisible
(Definition of clearly adverb (CERTAIN) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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