see also: Clear
  • (RP) IPA: /klɪə(ɹ)/
  • (America) IPA: /klɪɹ/

clear (comparative clearer, superlative clearest)

  1. 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
    • 1910, Emerson Hough, chapter I, in The Purchase Price: Or The Cause of Compromise, Indianapolis, Ind.: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, OCLC 639762314 ↗, page 0045 ↗:
      Serene, smiling, enigmatic, she faced him with no fear whatever showing in her dark eyes. The clear light of the bright autumn morning had no terrors for youth and health like hers.
  5. (meteorology) Of the sky, such that less than one eighth of its area is obscured by clouds.
  6. Free of ambiguity or doubt.
    He gave clear instructions not to bother him at work.
    Do I make myself clear? Crystal clear.
    I'm still not quite clear on what some of these words mean.
  7. Distinct, sharp, well-marked.
    Synonyms: conspicuous
  8. (figuratively) Free of guilt, or suspicion.
    a clear conscience
  9. (of a soup) Without a thickening ingredient.
  10. Possessing little or no perceptible stimulus.
    clear of texture; clear of odor
  11. (Scientology) Free from the influence of engrams; see Clear (Scientology).
  12. Able to perceive clearly; keen; acute; penetrating; discriminating.
    a clear intellect; a clear head
    • 1667, John Milton, “Book IX”, in Paradise Lost. A Poem Written in Ten Books, London: Printed [by Samuel Simmons], and are to be sold by Peter Parker […] [a]nd by Robert Boulter […] [a]nd Matthias Walker, […], OCLC 228722708 ↗; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: The Text Exactly Reproduced from the First Edition of 1667: […], London: Basil Montagu Pickering […], 1873, OCLC 230729554 ↗:
      Mother of Science, Now I feel thy Power / Within me cleere, not onely to discerne / Things in thir Causes, but to trace the wayes / Of highest Agents
  13. Not clouded with passion; serene; cheerful.
    • c. 1610–1611, William Shakespeare, “The VVinters Tale”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act I, scene ii]:
      with a countenance as clear / As friendship wears at feasts
  14. Easily or distinctly heard; audible.
    • circa 1708 Alexander Pope “Ode On St. Cecilia's Day”:
      Hark! the numbers, soft and clear / Gently steal upon the ear
  15. Unmixed; entirely pure.
    clear sand
  16. Without defects or blemishes, such as freckles or knots.
    a clear complexion; clear lumber
  17. Without diminution; in full; net.
    a clear profit
    • 1728, Jonathan Swift “Horace, Lib. 2, Sat. 6”:
      I often wished that I had clear / For life, six hundred pounds a year
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clear (not comparable)

  1. All the way; entirely.
    I threw it clear across the river to the other side.
  2. Not near something or touching it.
    Stand clear of the rails, a train is coming.
  3. free (or separate) from others
  4. (obsolete) In a clear manner; plainly.
    • 1667, John Milton, “Book XII”, in Paradise Lost. A Poem Written in Ten Books, London: Printed [by Samuel Simmons], and are to be sold by Peter Parker […] [a]nd by Robert Boulter […] [a]nd Matthias Walker, […], OCLC 228722708 ↗; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: The Text Exactly Reproduced from the First Edition of 1667: […], London: Basil Montagu Pickering […], 1873, OCLC 230729554 ↗:
      Now clear I understand / What oft my steadiest thoughts have searched in vain
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clear (clears, present participle clearing; past and past participle cleared)

  1. (transitive) To remove obstructions, impediments or other unwanted items from.
    Police took two hours to clear the road.
    If you clear the table, I'll wash up.
    • 1907, Robert William Chambers, chapter IX, in The Younger Set, New York, N.Y.: D. Appleton & Company, OCLC 24962326 ↗:
      “A tight little craft,” was Austin’s invariable comment on the matron; and she looked it, always trim and trig and smooth of surface like a converted yacht cleared for action. ¶ Near her wandered her husband, orientally bland, invariably affable, […].
    • 1715–8, Matthew Prior, “Alma: or, The Progreſs of the Mind” in Poems on Several Occaſions (1741), canto III, [,+but+few+can+clear%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=DjuKUuq2A4aw7Qae94DQDQ&ved=0CDwQ6AEwAQ#v=onepage&q=%22Many%20knotty%20points%20there%20are%20Which%20all%20discuss%2C%20but%20few%20can%20clear%22&f=false p.297]:
      Faith, Dick, I muſt confeſs, ‛tis true // (But this is only Entre Nous) // That many knotty Points there are, // Which All diſcuſs, but Few can clear.
  2. (transitive) To remove (items or material) so as to leave something unobstructed or open.
    Please clear all this stuff off the table.
    The loggers came and cleared the trees.
    • 1711 November 6, Joseph Addison, The Spectator No. 215:
      […] Aristotle has brought to explain his Doctrine of Substantial Forms, when he tells us that a Statue lies hid in a Block of Marble; and that the Art of the statuary only clears away the superfluous Matter, and removes the Rubbish.
  3. (intransitive) To become free from obstruction or obscurement; to become transparent.
    When the road cleared we continued our journey.
    After a heavy rain, the sky cleared nicely for the evening.
    Shake the test tube well, and the liquid should slowly clear.
  4. (transitive) To eliminate ambiguity or doubt from (a matter); to clarify or resolve; to clear up.
    We need to clear this issue once and for all.
  5. (transitive) To remove from suspicion, especially of having committed a crime.
    The court cleared the man of murder.
    • 1713, Joseph Addison, Cato, a Tragedy, Act III, scene v:
      How! Wouldst thou clear rebellion?
  6. (transitive) To pass without interference; to miss.
    The door just barely clears the table as it closes.
    The leaping horse easily cleared the hurdles.
  7. (transitive, activities such as jumping or throwing) To exceed a stated mark.
    She was the first female high jumper to clear two metres.
  8. (transitive, video games) To finish or complete (a stage, challenge, or game).
    I cleared the first level in 36 seconds.
  9. (intransitive) 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.
  10. (transitive, business) To earn a profit of; to net.
    He's been clearing seven thousand a week.
  11. (transitive) To approve or authorise for a particular purpose or action; to give clearance to.
    Air traffic control cleared the plane to land.
    The marketing department has cleared the press release for publication.
  12. (transitive) To obtain approval or authorisation in respect of.
    I've cleared the press release with the marketing department, so go ahead and publish it.
  13. (intransitive) To obtain a clearance.
    The steamer cleared for Liverpool today.
  14. (transitive) To obtain permission to use (a sample of copyrighted audio) in another track.
  15. To disengage oneself from incumbrances, distress, or entanglements; to become free.
    • 1613, Francis Bacon, The Eſſaies (second edition), essay 18: “Of Expences ↗”:
      Beſides, he that cleares at once will relapſe: for finding himſelfe out of ſtraights, he will reuert to his cuſtomes. But hee that cleareth by degrees, induceth an habite of frugality, and gaineth as well vpon his minde, as vpon his Eſtate.
  16. (transitive, intransitive, sports) To hit, kick, head, punch etc. (a ball, puck) away in order to defend one's goal.
    The goalkeeper rushed foward to clear the ball.
    A low cross came in, and Smith cleared.
  17. (transitive, computing) To reset or unset; to return to an empty state or to zero.
    to clear an array;  to clear a single bit (binary digit) in a value
  18. (transitive, computing) To style (an element within a document) so that it is not permitted to float at a given position.
  • (clear a forest) stub
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clear (plural clears)

  1. (carpentry) Full extent; distance between extreme limits; especially; the distance between the nearest surfaces of two bodies, or the space between walls.
    a room ten feet square in the clear
  2. (video games) The completion of a stage or challenge, or of the whole game.
    It took me weeks to achieve a one-credit clear (1CC).
  3. (Scientology) A person who is free from the influence of engrams.
    • 1985, Rodney Stark, ‎William Sims Bainbridge, The Future of Religion (page 269)
      Today, clear status can be conferred only by high ranking ministers of the church, and clears are not presented for examination by outsiders.


clear (uncountable)

  1. (Scientology) An idea state of beingness free of unwanted influences.

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