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English definition of “clear”

clear

verb
 
 
/klɪər/
[T] FINANCE if you clear a debt, you pay back all of the money that you owe: Customers should consider clearing their overdrafts and credit card debt before applying for a home loan. By cutting costs and scaling back production, the company managed to clear its debts in under two years.
[T] informal FINANCE to have a particular sum of money left from the amount you have earned after taxes, etc. have been taken out: A city police officer clears about $1,300 every other week.
[T] ACCOUNTING to have a particular amount of money as profit: After operating expenses, the resort group cleared $546 million.
[I or T] BANKING if a cheque or payment clears, or if a bank clears it, money is available because it has been successfully paid from one bank to another: You will not be able to withdraw funds until the bank has cleared your cheque. International wire transfers may take several business days to clear.
[T] FINANCE to arrange for shares and money to be exchanged at the end of a day of trading on a financial market
[T] to give or get official permission for something: clear sth with sb Make sure you clear the budget with you boss first.be cleared for sth Passenger flights outbound from the airport are often cleared for take off only 60 seconds apart.be cleared by sb/sth Employees were cleared by security before they were allowed into the building. clear a proposal/deal/plan
[T] LAW to prove that someone is not guilty of something: clear sb of sth An independent review has cleared the company of all charges of fraud. Accused of professional misconduct, he was eventually able to clear his name.
[T] COMMERCE to sell products at a cheap price in order to get rid of them: Bob's Auto Dealers is having a huge sale to clear its inventory of last year's trucks.
clear customs (also clear through customs) COMMERCE to be checked by an official and allowed into a country: A driver will be waiting to pick you up after you clear customs and immigration. Once shipments clear through customs they are moved to distributors or warehouses.
clear your desk to take all your possessions away from your desk or office because you have been told to leave your job: He was given just two hours to clear his desk and get out. to finish all your work: He likes to clear his desk by the end of the day.
clear your schedule/diary/calendar to change all of your plans so you have time to do something else: The President cleared his calendar for the afternoon conference .
(Definition of clear from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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