AskDefine | Define clear

Dictionary Definition

clear adj
1 clear to the mind; "a clear and present danger"; "a clear explanation"; "a clear case of murder"; "a clear indication that she was angry"; "gave us a clear idea of human nature" [ant: unclear]
2 free from confusion or doubt; "a complex problem requiring a clear head"; "not clear about what is expected of us"
3 affording free passage or view; "a clear view"; "a clear path to victory" [syn: open]
4 free from cloudiness; allowing light to pass through; "clear water"; "clear plastic bags"; "clear glass"; "the air is clear and clean" [ant: opaque]
5 free from contact or proximity or connection; "we were clear of the danger"; "the ship was clear of the reef" [syn: clear(p)]
6 characterized by freedom from troubling thoughts (especially guilt); "a clear conscience"; "regarded her questioner with clear untroubled eyes"
7 (of sound or color) free from anything that dulls or dims; "efforts to obtain a clean bass in orchestral recordings"; "clear laughter like a waterfall"; "clear reds and blues"; "a light lilting voice like a silver bell" [syn: clean, light, unclouded]
8 (especially of a title) free from any encumberance or limitation that presents a question of fact or law; "I have clear title to this property" [syn: unmortgaged]
9 clear and distinct to the senses; easily perceptible; "as clear as a whistle"; "clear footprints in the snow"; "the letter brought back a clear image of his grandfather"; "a spire clean-cut against the sky"; "a clear-cut pattern" [syn: clean-cut, clear-cut]
10 accurately stated or described; "a set of well-defined values" [syn: well-defined] [ant: ill-defined]
11 free from clouds or mist or haze; "on a clear day" [ant: cloudy]
12 free of restrictions or qualifications; "a clean bill of health"; "a clear winner" [syn: clean]
13 free from flaw or blemish or impurity; "a clear perfect diamond"
14 clear of charges or deductions; "a clear profit"
15 easily deciphered [syn: decipherable, readable]
16 freed from any question of guilt; "is absolved from all blame"; "was now clear of the charge of cowardice"; "his official honor is vindicated" [syn: absolved, cleared, exculpated, exonerated, vindicated]
17 characterized by ease and quickness in perceiving; "clear mind"; "a percipient author" [syn: percipient]
18 of complexion; without such blemishes as e.g. acne; "the clear complexion of a healthy young woman"


1 the state of being free of suspicion; "investigation showed that he was in the clear"
2 a clear or unobstructed space or expanse of land or water; "finally broke out of the forest into the open" [syn: open] adv
1 completely; "read the book clear to the end"; "slept clear through the night"; "there were open fields clear to the horizon" [syn: all the way]
2 in an easily perceptible manner; "could be seen clearly under the microscope"; "She cried loud and clear" [syn: clearly]


1 rid of obstructions; "Clear your desk" [syn: unclutter] [ant: clutter]
2 make a way or path by removing objects; "Clear a path through the dense forest"
3 become clear; "The sky cleared after the storm" [syn: clear up, light up, brighten] [ant: overcast]
4 grant authorization or clearance for; "Clear the manuscript for publication"; "The rock star never authorized this slanderous biography" [syn: authorize, authorise, pass]
5 remove; "clear the leaves from the lawn"; "Clear snow from the road"
6 go unchallenged; be approved; "The bill cleared the House" [syn: pass]
7 be debited and credited to the proper bank accounts; "The check will clear within 2 business days" [ant: bounce]
8 go away or disappear; "The fog cleared in the afternoon"
9 pass by, over, or under without making contact; "the balloon cleared the tree tops" [syn: top]
10 make free from confusion or ambiguity; make clear; "Could you clarify these remarks?"; "Clear up the question of who is at fault" [syn: clear up, shed light on, crystallize, crystallise, crystalize, crystalise, straighten out, sort out, enlighten, illuminate, elucidate]
11 free from payment of customs duties, as of a shipment; "Clear the ship and let it dock"
12 clear from impurities, blemishes, pollution, etc.; "clear the water before it can be drunk"
13 yield as a net profit; "This sale netted me $1 million" [syn: net]
14 make as a net profit; "The company cleared $1 million" [syn: net, sack, sack up]
15 earn on some commercial or business transaction; earn as salary or wages; "How much do you make a month in your new job?"; "She earns a lot in her new job"; "this merger brought in lots of money"; "He clears $5,000 each month" [syn: gain, take in, make, earn, realize, realise, pull in, bring in]
16 sell; "We cleared a lot of the old model cars"
17 pass an inspection or receive authorization; "clear customs"
18 pronounce not guilty of criminal charges; "The suspect was cleared of the murder charges" [syn: acquit, assoil, discharge, exonerate, exculpate] [ant: convict]
19 settle, as of a debt; "clear a debt"; "solve an old debt" [syn: solve]
20 make clear, bright, light, or translucent; "The water had to be cleared through filtering"
21 rid of instructions or data; "clear a memory buffer"
22 remove (people) from a building; "clear the patrons from the theater after the bomb threat"
23 remove the occupants of; "Clear the building"
24 free (the throat) by making a rasping sound; "Clear the throat" [syn: clear up]

User Contributed Dictionary

see Clear



From cler (modern: clair), from clarus.


  • italbrac RP: /klɪə/ or /klɪr/
  • italbrac US: /klɪɚ/ or /kliːr/
  • Rhymes: -ɪə(r)


en-adj er
  1. Completely transparent in colour
    as clear as crystal
  2. Bright, not dark or obscured.
    The windshield was clear and clean.
    Congress passed the President’s Clear Skies legislation.
  3. Free of obstacles.
    The driver had mistakenly thought the intersection was clear.
    The coast is clear.
  4. Without clouds.
    clear weather, a clear day
  5. Free of ambiguity or doubt.
    He gave clear instructions not to bother him at work.
    Do I make myself clear? Crystal clear.
  6. Free of guilt, or suspicion.
    a clear conscience
  7. The sky is said to be clear, when less than one eighth of its area is obscured by clouds.


completely transparent in colour
bright, not obscured
free of obstacles
without clouds
  • Danish: klar
  • Finnish: kirkas, pilvetön, selkeä
  • German: klar, heiter, wolkenlos
  • Hebrew: בהיר
  • Irish: glan
  • Korean: 맑다 (margda, makda)
  • Russian: Ясный , ясная , ясно
  • Slovene: jasen , jasna , jasno
  • Spanish: despejado, claro
  • Swedish: klar
free of ambiguity or doubt
free of guilt or suspicion
meteorology: less than 1/8 obscured by clouds
  • Finnish: selkeä


  1. All the way; entirely.
    • I threw it clear across the river to the other side.


all the way


  1. To remove obstructions or impediments.
    Clear the way.
  2. To eliminate ambiguity or doubt from a matter; to clarify; especially, to clear up.
  3. To remove from suspicion; especially of having committed a crime
    The court cleared the man of murder.
  4. To pass without interference; to miss.
    The door just barely clears the table as it closes.
  5. To become clear.
    After a heavy rain, the sky cleared nicely for the evening.
  6. Of a check or financial transaction, to go through as payment; to be processed so that the money is transferred.
    The check might not clear for a couple of days.
  7. transitive business To earn a profit of; to net.
    He's been clearing seven thousand a week.


to remove obstructions or impediments
  • Danish: bane
  • Finnish: raivata, selvittää
  • German: räumen, freiräumen
  • Hebrew: לפנות (le'fanot)
  • Slovene: očistiti
  • Spanish: despejar, desobstruir
to eliminate ambiguity or doubt; to clarify
to remove from suspicion
to pass without interference to miss
to become clear
to go through as payment
  • Danish: gennemføre
  • Finnish: selvittää
  • German: verrechnen, freigeben
  • Spanish: franquear

Extensive Definition

Clear may refer to:
in modern culture
in other uses

See also

clear in French: Clear
clear in Dutch: Helderheid
clear in Japanese: クリア (曖昧さ回避)
clear in Simple English: Clear

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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