WordNet 2.0
  • a clear or unobstructed space or expanse of land or water
  • "finally broke out of the forest into the open"
  • the state of being free of suspicion
  • "investigation showed that he was in the clear"
  • free (the throat) by making a rasping sound
  • "Clear the throat"
  • rid of obstructions
  • "Clear your desk"
  • remove
  • "clear the leaves from the lawn"
  • "Clear snow from the road"
  • make a way or path by removing objects
  • "Clear a path through the dense forest"
  • remove the occupants of
  • "Clear the building"
  • remove (people) from a building
  • "clear the patrons from the theater after the bomb threat"
  • rid of instructions or data
  • "clear a memory buffer"
  • make clear, bright, light, or translucent
  • "The water had to be cleared through filtering"
  • make free from confusion or ambiguity
  • make clear
  • "Could you clarify these remarks?"
  • "Clear up the question of who is at fault"
  • settle, as of a debt
  • "clear a debt"
  • "solve an old debt"
  • grant authorization or clearance for
  • "Clear the manuscript for publication"
  • "The rock star never authorized this slanderous biography"
  • pronounce not guilty of criminal charges
  • "The suspect was cleared of the murder charges"
  • pass an inspection or receive authorization
  • "clear customs"
  • pass by, over, or under without making contact
  • "the balloon cleared the tree tops"
  • go away or disappear
  • "The fog cleared in the afternoon"
  • sell
  • "We cleared a lot of the old model cars"
  • be debited and credited to the proper bank accounts
  • "The check will clear within 2 business days"
  • 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"
  • make as a net profit
  • "The company cleared $1 million"
  • yield as a net profit
  • "This sale netted me $1 million"
  • clear from impurities, blemishes, pollution, etc.
  • "clear the water before it can be drunk"
  • free from payment of customs duties, as of a shipment
  • "Clear the ship and let it dock"
  • go unchallenged
  • be approved
  • "The bill cleared the House"
  • become clear
  • "The sky cleared after the storm"
  • of complexion
  • without such blemishes as e.g. acne
  • "the clear complexion of a healthy young woman"
  • 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"
  • free from cloudiness
  • allowing light to pass through
  • "clear water"
  • "clear plastic bags"
  • "clear glass"
  • "the air is clear and clean"
  • free from confusion or doubt
  • "a complex problem requiring a clear head"
  • "not clear about what is expected of us"
  • free from clouds or mist or haze
  • "on a clear day"
  • accurately stated or described
  • "a set of well-defined values"
  • characterized by ease and quickness in perceiving
  • "clear mind"
  • "a percipient author"
  • 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"
  • (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"
  • freed from any question of guilt
  • "is absolved from all blame"
  • "was now clear of the charge of cowardice"
  • "his official honor is vindicated"
  • easily deciphered
  • clear of charges or deductions
  • "a clear profit"
  • affording free passage or view
  • "a clear view"
  • "a clear path to victory"
  • free from flaw or blemish or impurity
  • "a clear perfect diamond"
  • (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"
  • free of restrictions or qualifications
  • "a clean bill of health"
  • "a clear winner"
  • characterized by freedom from troubling thoughts (especially guilt)
  • "a clear conscience"
  • "regarded her questioner with clear untroubled eyes"
  • in an easily perceptible manner
  • "could be seen clearly under the microscope"
  • "She cried loud and clear"
  • completely
  • "read the book clear to the end"
  • "slept clear through the night"
  • "there were open fields clear to the horizon"
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
  • 1. Free from opaqueness; transparent; bright; light; luminous; unclouded.

    "The stream is so transparent, pure, and clear. Denham." --

    "Fair as the moon, clear as the sun. Canticles vi. 10." --

    2. Free from ambiguity or indistinctness; lucid; perspicuous; plain; evident; manifest; indubitable.

    "One truth is clear; whatever is, is right. Pope." --

    3. Able to perceive clearly; keen; acute; penetrating; discriminating; as, a clear intellect; a clear head.

    "Mother of science! now I feel thy power Within me clear, not only to discern Things in their causes, but to trace the ways Of highest agents. Milton." --

    4. Not clouded with passion; serene; cheerful.

    "With a countenance as clear As friendship wears at feasts. Shak." --

    5. Easily or distinctly heard; audible; canorous.

    "Hark! the numbers soft and clear Gently steal upon the ear. Pope." --

    6. Without mixture; entirely pure; as, clear sand.

    7. Without defect or blemish, such as freckles or knots; as, a clear complexion; clear lumber.

    8. Free from guilt or stain; unblemished.

    "Statesman, yet friend to truth! in soul sincere, In action faithful, and in honor clear. Pope." --

    9. Without diminution; in full; net; as, clear profit.

    "I often wished that I had clear, For life, six hundred pounds a-year. Swift." --

    10. Free from impediment or obstruction; unobstructed; as, a clear view; to keep clear of debt.

    "My companion . . . left the way clear for him. Addison." --

    11. Free from embarrassment; detention, etc.

    "The cruel corporal whispered in my ear, Five pounds, if rightly tipped, would set me clear. Gay." --

    Clear breach
    See under Breach, n., 4.

    Clear days
    (Law.), days reckoned from one day to another, excluding both the first and last day; as, from Sunday to Sunday there are six clear days.

    Clear stuff
    boards, planks, etc., free from knots.

    Syn. -- Manifest; pure; unmixed; pellucid; transparent; luminous; obvious; visible; plain; evident; apparent; distinct; perspicuous. See Manifest.

  • 1. Full extent; distance between extreme limits; especially; the distance between the nearest surfaces of two bodies, or the space between walls; as, a room ten feet square in the clear.

  • 1. In a clear manner; plainly.

    "Now clear I understand What oft . . . thoughts have searched in vain. Milton." --

    2. Without limitation; wholly; quite; entirely; as, to cut a piece clear off.

  • 1. To render bright, transparent, or undimmed; to free from clouds.

    "He sweeps the skies and clears the cloudy north. Dryden." --

    2. To free from impurities; to clarify; to cleanse.

    3. To free from obscurity or ambiguity; to relive of perplexity; to make perspicuous.

    "Many knotty points there are Which all discuss, but few can clear. Prior." --

    4. To render more quick or acute, as the understanding; to make perspicacious.

    "Our common prints would clear up their understandings. Addison" --

    5. To free from impediment or incumbrance, from defilement, or from anything injurious, useless, or offensive; as, to clear land of trees or brushwood, or from stones; to clear the sight or the voice; to clear one's self from debt; -- often used with of, off, away, or out.

    "Clear your mind of cant. Dr. Johnson." --

    "A statue lies hid in a block of marble; and the art of the statuary only clears away the superfluous matter. Addison." --

    6. To free from the imputation of guilt; to justify, vindicate, or acquit; -- often used with from before the thing imputed.

    "I . . . am sure he will clear me from partiality. Dryden." --

    "How! wouldst thou clear rebellion? Addison." --

    7. To leap or pass by, or over, without touching or failure; as, to clear a hedge; to clear a reef.

    8. To gain without deduction; to net.

    "The profit which she cleared on the cargo. Macaulay." --

    To clear a ship at the customhouse
    to exhibit the documents required by law, give bonds, or perform other acts requisite, and procure a permission to sail, and such papers as the law requires.

    To clear a ship for action
    or To clear for action
    (Naut.), to remove incumbrances from the decks, and prepare for an engagement.

    To clear the land
    (Naut.), to gain such a distance from shore as to have sea room, and be out of danger from the land.

    To clear hawse
    (Naut.), to disentangle the cables when twisted.

    To clear up
    to explain; to dispel, as doubts, cares or fears.

  • 1. To become free from clouds or fog; to become fair; -- often followed by up, off, or away.

    "So foul a sky clears not without a storm. Shak." --

    "Advise him to stay till the weather clears up. Swift." --

    2. To disengage one's self from incumbrances, distress, or entanglements; to become free. [Obs.]

    "He that clears at once will relapse; for finding himself out of straits, he will revert to his customs; but he that cleareth by degrees induceth a habit of frugality. Bacon. " --

    3. (Banking) To make exchanges of checks and bills, and settle balances, as is done in a clearing house.

    4. To obtain a clearance; as, the steamer cleared for Liverpool to-day.

    To clear out
    to go or run away; to depart. [Colloq.]


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