Meaning of “clearly” in the English Dictionary

"clearly" in British English

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uk /ˈklɪə.li/ us /ˈklɪ

clearly adverb (EASY TO UNDERSTAND)

A2 in a way that is easy to see, hear, read, or understand


  • When you fill in the form, please write clearly in black ink.
  • The parcel was clearly labelled 'Fragile'.
  • Their pilots are guided by an infrared optical system that shows images clearly even at night.
  • I'm afraid I'm not expressing myself very clearly.
  • He doesn't enunciate (his words) very clearly.

clearly adverb (CERTAIN)

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.

More examples

  • This is clearly the work of a superior artist.
  • The audience clearly wasn't enjoying the show.
  • I was told she would be at the meeting, but clearly I was misinformed.
  • The president is clearly in a dilemma about how to tackle the crisis.
  • The ball was clearly out, but the line judge said it was in.

(Definition of “clearly” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"clearly" in American English

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us /ˈklɪər·li/

clearly adverb (UNDERSTANDABLY)

in a way that is easy to understand, or easy to see or hear:

I think this report clearly shows why we have to act now.

clearly adverb (CERTAINLY)

certainly; obviously; without a doubt:

The accident was clearly the truck driver’s fault.

(Definition of “clearly” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)