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adjective uk   /klɪər/ us    /klɪr/

clear adjective (ABLE TO BE UNDERSTOOD)

A2 easy to understand, hear, read, or see: clear instructions/directions Can we make the sound any clearer? Our new television has a very clear I make myself clear? ( also is that clear?) something you say in order to emphasize what you have just said, or to express your authority: I will not tolerate this behaviour any longer. Do I make myself clear?
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clear adjective (CERTAIN)

B1 certain, having no doubt, or obvious: He isn't at all clear about what he wants to do with his life. [+ (that)] It is rapidly becoming clear (to me) (that) I'm not suited to being a teacher. [+ question word] It isn't clear how long the strike will go on for. It's a clear case of corruption. You've made your position quite clear (= there is no doubt about what you think).
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clear adjective (PURE)

B1 pure or easy to see through, with no marks or areas that are less transparent: clear glass The water in the lake is so clear that you can see the bottom. We could see hundreds of stars in the clear desert sky. She has a beautifully clear skin/complexion (= with no marks or spots). The weather is expected to remain clear for the next few days. You can see the mountains from here on a clear day. used to describe a pleasant, pure sound: the clear sound of the flute used to describe something that you remember easily: I have clear memories of visiting my grandfather's farm as a child.
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clear adjective (NOT BLOCKED)

C1 not covered or blocked by anything: We have a clear view of the ocean from our hotel window. The journey was quite quick because the road was clear (= there was not much traffic on it). I always like to leave my desk clear (= with no work on it) at the end of the day. not busy or filled by any planned activity: The only time I have clear next week is Tuesday afternoon. We've got two clear (= whole) weeks in which to finish the decorating.

clear adjective (NOT GUILTY)

without being or feeling guilty: to have a clear conscience
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clear adjective (NOT CONFUSED)

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

clear adjective (WITHOUT PROBLEMS)

[after verb] without problems or difficulties: This is the first time in his life that he's been clear of (= without) debt.

clear adjective (LEFT)

used to describe an amount of money that is left after all necessary payments have been made: The school summer fair made a clear profit of £1,500. Bill earns a clear $400 a week/earns $400 a week clear.

clear adjective (NOT TOUCHING)

not touching something, or away from something: Only one competitor made a clear jump of the highest fence (= jumped over it without touching it). When we're clear of the main road, we'll stop for our picnic.


verb uk   /klɪər/ us    /klɪr/

clear verb (REMOVE BLOCK)

B1 [I or T] to remove or get rid of whatever is blocking or filling something, or to stop being blocked or full: It took several hours to clear the road after the accident. I'll make the coffee if you'll clear the table. If you use this nasal spray, your nose should clear. After my aunt died, we arranged for her house to be cleared (= for the furniture to be removed from it). If you press this key, the computer screen will clear (= the text and pictures will be removed from it). Shops are currently holding sales to clear their summer stock (= get rid of goods by selling them cheaply). Paul helped his elderly neighbour by clearing her path of snow/clearing snow from her path. Could you clear your things off/from the sofa? I never leave work until I've cleared my in-tray (= have finished the work that needs to be done).clear your throat to give a small cough: She cleared her throat nervously before she began to speak.
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clear verb (PROVE INNOCENCE)

[T] to prove that someone is not guilty of something that they were accused of: After many years in prison, the men were finally cleared of the bombings.

clear verb (GIVE PERMISSION)

[T] to give official permission for something: Despite local opposition, the plans for the new supermarket have been cleared by the council. Ladies and gentlemen, air-traffic control has now cleared the plane for take-off. I don't know if I can get the car tonight - I'll have to clear it with Mum. [T] to satisfy the official conditions of something: Before you can enter the country, you have to clear customs.

clear verb (MAKE PURE)

[I or T] to become or make something pure or easy to see through: The children enjoyed stirring the mud at the bottom of the pond, then watching the water slowly clear again. Your skin would clear (= become free of spots) if you had a healthier diet. After the thunderstorm, the sky cleared (= stopped being cloudy). The fog is expected to have cleared (away) (= gone) by midday.

clear verb (NOT CONFUSED)

[T] to make your mind free from confusion so that you can think quickly and well: I need to get some fresh air to clear my head (= to make me able to think well).

clear verb (GET RID OF)

clear your debts/clear yourself of debts to pay back all the money that you owe

clear verb (HAVE LEFT)

[T] to have an amount of money left from your earnings after any necessary payments, charges, taxes, etc.: Bill clears $200 a week.

clear verb (CHEQUE)

[I or T] to (cause a cheque to) go from one bank to another through a central organization, so that money can be paid to the person it is owed to: It usually takes four to five working days for a cheque to clear.

clear verb (NOT TOUCH)

[T] to jump or go over something without touching it: The horse cleared the fence with inches to spare.


adverb uk   /klɪər/ us    /klɪr/
not touching, or away from: Stand clear of the doors, please. Make sure you park clear of the kerb. The children were saved from the fire only because a neighbour pulled them clear.steer/stay/keep clear C2 to avoid something or someone: His parents warned him to steer clear of trouble.
(Definition of clear from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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