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clearadjective [-er/-est only]

 us   /klɪər/
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.
certain or ​obvious; not in any ​doubt: [+ that clause] It’s clear now that it was a ​mistake to have ​raisedprices last ​spring. [+ question word] It isn’t clear how ​long the ​strike will ​continue.
free from ​confusion; ​able to ​thinkquickly and well: Mary is good at making ​decisions because she’s a very clear ​thinker.
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
free from ​guilt: My ​conscience is clear – I did what I could to ​help her.
not ​blocked or ​filled; ​open or ​available: We have a clear ​view of the ​ocean from ​ourhotelwindow. The only ​time the ​doctor has clear today is 3:30 – can you make it then?


 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 ​yourseats. [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 ​officialpermission for something, or to ​satisfy the ​officialconditions of something: Our ​plane has been cleared for takeoff, so will the ​flightattendantsplease be seated. I’m still ​waiting for my ​paycheck to clear (= be ​officiallyapproved and ​processed) so I can ​pay my ​bills.
(Definition of clear from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"clear" in British English

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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 ​picture.
do I make myself clear? (also is that clear?)
something you say in ​order to ​emphasize what you have just said, or to ​expressyourauthority: 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 ​rapidlybecoming clear (to me) (that) I'm not ​suited to being a ​teacher. [+ question word] It isn't clear howlong the ​strike will go on for. It's a clear case of ​corruption. You've madeyour positionquite 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, ​puresound: the clear ​sound of the ​flute
used to ​describe something that you ​remembereasily: 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 ​ourhotelwindow. The ​journey was ​quitequick 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 ​plannedactivity: The only ​time I have clear next ​week is ​Tuesdayafternoon. We've got two clear (= ​whole)weeks in which to ​finish the ​decorating.
  • clear adjective (NOT GUILTY)

without being or ​feelingguilty: to have a clear conscience

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  • clear adjective (NOT TOUCHING)

not ​touching something, or away from something: Only one ​competitor made a clear ​jump of the ​highestfence (= ​jumped over it without ​touching it). When we're clear of the ​mainroad, we'll ​stop for ​ourpicnic.


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 ​nasalspray, ​yournose should clear. After my ​auntdied, we ​arranged for her ​house to be cleared (= for the ​furniture to be ​removed from it). If you ​press this ​key, the ​computerscreen will clear (= the ​text and ​pictures will be ​removed from it). Shops are ​currentlyholdingsales to clear ​theirsummerstock (= get ​rid of ​goods by ​selling them ​cheaply). Paul ​helped his ​elderlyneighbour by clearing her ​path ofsnow/clearing ​snow from her ​path. Could you clear ​your things off/from the ​sofa? I never ​leavework until I've cleared my in-tray (= have ​finished the ​work that ​needs to be done).
clear your throat
to give a ​smallcough: She cleared her ​throatnervously before she ​began to ​speak.

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  • clear verb (GIVE PERMISSION)

[T] to give ​officialpermission for something: Despite ​localopposition, the ​plans for the new ​supermarket have been cleared by the ​council. Ladies and ​gentlemen, air-traffic ​control has now cleared the ​plane fortake-off. I don't ​know if I can get the ​cartonight - I'll have to clear it with Mum.
[T] to ​satisfy the ​officialconditions 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 ​childrenenjoyedstirring the ​mud at the ​bottom of the ​pond, then ​watching the ​waterslowly clear again. Your ​skin would clear (= ​becomefree of ​spots) if you had a ​healthierdiet. 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 ​yourmindfree from ​confusion so that you can ​thinkquickly and well: I need to get some ​freshair to clear my head (= to make me ​able to ​think well).
  • clear verb (NOT TOUCH)

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


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 ​neighbourpulled them clear.
steer/stay/keep clear
C2 to ​avoid something or someone: His ​parentswarned him to ​steer clear oftrouble.
(Definition of clear from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"clear" in Business English

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uk   us   /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 ​creditcarddebt before ​applying for a ​homeloan. By ​cuttingcosts and scaling back ​production, the ​companymanaged to clear its ​debts in under two ​years.
[T] informal FINANCE to have a particular ​sum of ​moneyleft from the ​amount you have ​earned after ​taxes, etc. have been taken out: A city ​policeofficer clears about $1,300 every other week.
[T] ACCOUNTING to have a particular ​amount of ​money as ​profit: After ​operatingexpenses, the ​resortgroup 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 ​withdrawfunds until the ​bank has cleared your ​cheque. International ​wiretransfers 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 ​financialmarket
[T] to give or get ​officialpermission for something: clear sth with sb Make sure you clear the ​budget with you ​boss cleared for sth Passenger ​flightsoutbound from the ​airport are often cleared for take off only 60 ​seconds 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 ​independentreview has cleared the ​company of all ​charges of ​fraud. Accused of ​professionalmisconduct, he was eventually able to clear his ​name.
[T] COMMERCE to ​sellproducts at a ​cheapprice 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 .
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(Definition of clear from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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