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"clearance" in British English

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clearancenoun

uk   /ˈklɪə.rəns/  us   /ˈklɪr.əns/
  • clearance noun (CHEAP SALE)

[U] an ​occasion when ​goods are ​offered for ​salecheaply so that ​people will be ​encouraged to ​buy them and there will be ​space for new ​goods: We ​boughtour new ​carpet at a clearance sale.US I ​buyChristmasdecorations when they go on clearance in ​January
  • clearance noun (NOT TOUCHING)

[C or U] the ​distance or ​space that is ​needed for one thing to ​avoidtouching another thing: It was ​difficult getting the ​piano through the ​doorway because we only had a clearance of a few ​centimetres. High ​vehicles should take an ​alternativeroute because of low clearance under the ​bridge.
  • clearance noun (OFFICIAL PERMISSION)

[U] officialpermission for something or the ​state of having ​satisfied the ​officialconditions of something: The ​plane will be taking off as ​soon as it gets clearance. To ​visit the ​prison, you'll need security clearance.
(Definition of clearance from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"clearance" in American English

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clearancenoun [U]

 us   /ˈklɪər·əns/
  • clearance noun [U] (GETTING RID OF)

If ​goods are ​reduced for clearance, they are ​offered for ​sale at a ​lower than ​usualprice so that ​people will ​buy them and there will be ​space for new ​goods: a clearance ​sale
  • clearance noun [U] (GIVING PERMISSION)

officialpermission for something: The ​pilotannounced we had ​received clearance for take off.
  • clearance noun [U] (NOT TOUCH)

the ​amount of ​spaceavailable for an ​object to ​pass through an ​opening without ​touching anything, or for two ​objects to ​pass each other without ​touching: The ​sign on the ​overpass says that ​its clearance is 12 ​feet, and ​ourtruck is 10 ​feet high, so we should have 2 ​feet of clearance when we go under it.
(Definition of clearance from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"clearance" in Business English

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clearancenoun

uk   us   /ˈklɪərəns/
[U] BANKING the ​process by which ​cheques and other ​payments are ​exchanged between ​customers of different ​banks: Foreign-drawn ​cheques may ​incuradditionalbankcharges for clearance and ​currencyconversion.
[U] COMMERCE officialpermission to come into or ​leave a ​place or country: Two more ​inspections by the Swiss ​customs clearance ​agencydeclared the ​cargoclean.customs/entry clearance His ​application was ​refused by the ​entry clearance ​officer.
[C or U] officialpermission to do something or have particular ​information: security/regulatory clearance Nuclear ​plantworkers and ​contractors must have a ​security clearance.get/be given/obtain clearance The ​flight was given clearance for takeoff at 5:55 pm.need/require clearance The ​deal will need clearance from ​stateinsurancedepartments where the ​companies do ​business.clearance for sth The ​chiefexecutive said he hoped to receive ​regulatory clearance for the ​deal by next March.
[C or U] COMMERCE →  clearance sale
on clearance available at a ​lowerprice than usual: All ​laptops and ​printers are now on clearance.
(Definition of clearance from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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