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clear

adjective [-er/-est only]  us   /klɪər/

clear adjective [-er/-est only] (UNDERSTANDABLE)

easy to understand, or easy to see or hear: I left clear instructions that no one was to come in my office. He spoke in a clear voice. It wasn’t clear what he meant.

clear adjective [-er/-est only] (CERTAIN)

certain or obvious; not in any doubt: [+ that clause] It’s clear now that it was a mistake to have raised prices last spring. [+ question word] It isn’t clear how long the strike will continue.

clear adjective [-er/-est only] (NOT CONFUSED)

free from confusion; able to think quickly and well: Mary is good at making decisions because she’s a very clear thinker.

clear adjective [-er/-est only] (SEEING THROUGH)

easy to see through; not cloudy or foggy: clear water a clear day fig. I have clear memories of (= I can remember well) visiting my grandfather’s farm when I was a child. If a person’s skin is clear, it has no marks or spots on it: a clear complexion

clear adjective [-er/-est only] (BE NOT GUILTY)

free from guilt: My conscience is clear – I did what I could to help her.

clear adjective [-er/-est only] (GET RID OF)

not blocked or filled; open or available: We have a clear view of the ocean from our hotel window. The only time the doctor has clear today is 3:30 – can you make it then?

clear

verb  us   /klɪr/

clear verb (MAKE NOT GUILTY)

[T] to show someone to be not guilty: He was cleared of all charges, and the judge said he was free to go.

clear verb (GET RID OF)

[T] to remove or get rid of something or remove something blocking the way, or to move people away from a place: It took several hours to clear the road after the accident. Please clear the aisle and take your seats. [M] Just let me clear the dishes off the table and put them in the sink.

clear verb (NOT TOUCH)

[I/T] to pass near something without touching it: [I] With the high-jump bar at 6 feet 2 inches, she cleared easily.

clear verb (GIVE PERMISSION)

[T] to give official permission for something, or to satisfy the official conditions of something: Our plane has been cleared for takeoff, so will the flight attendants please be seated. I’m still waiting for my paycheck to clear (= be officially approved and processed) so I can pay my bills.
(Definition of clear from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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