clarify

  • 1 clarify — I verb articulate, bare, bring to light, clear up, comment upon, construe, decipher, define, delineate, deliquare, demonstrate, disentangle, elucidate, enlighten, exemplify, explain, explicate, expose, exposit, expound, free from ambiguity, free… …

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  • 2 Clarify — Clar i*fy, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Clarified}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Clarifying}.] [F. clarifier, from L. clarificare; clarus clear + facere to make. See {Clear}, and {Fact}.] 1. To make clear or bright by freeing from feculent matter; to defecate; to… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 Clarify — Clar i*fy, v. i. 1. To grow or become clear or transparent; to become free from feculent impurities, as wine or other liquid under clarification. [1913 Webster] 2. To grow clear or bright; to clear up. [1913 Webster] Whosoever hath his mind… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 4 clarify — [v1] explain, make clear analyze, break down, clear up, define, delineate, draw a picture, elucidate, formulate, illuminate, illustrate, interpret, make perfectly clear, make plain, resolve, settle, shed light on*, simplify, spell out*,… …

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  • 5 clarify — [klar′ə fī΄] vt., vi. clarified, clarifying [ME clarifien < OFr clarifier < LL(Ec) clarificare, to make illustrious < L clarus, famous, CLEAR + facere, to make, DO1] 1. to make or become clear and free from impurities: said esp. of… …

    English World dictionary

  • 6 clarify — early 14c., from O.Fr. clarifiier (12c.), from L.L. clarificare to make clear, also to glorify, from L. clarificus brilliant, from clarus clear, distinct (see CLEAR (Cf. clear)) + root of facere to make, do (see FACTITIOUS (Cf …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 7 clarify — ► VERB (clarifies, clarified) 1) make more comprehensible. 2) melt (butter) to separate out the impurities. DERIVATIVES clarification noun clarifier noun. ORIGIN Old French clarifier, from Latin clarus clear …

    English terms dictionary

  • 8 clarify — 01. I asked the boss to [clarify] her instructions. 02. I don t quite understand what you mean. Can you [clarify] that last point for me? 03. We will need some [clarification] from the head office before we can sign the contract. 04. This… …

    Grammatical examples in English

  • 9 clarify */ — UK [ˈklærəfaɪ] / US [ˈklerɪˌfaɪ] verb [transitive] Word forms clarify : present tense I/you/we/they clarify he/she/it clarifies present participle clarifying past tense clarified past participle clarified 1) formal to explain something more… …

    English dictionary

  • 10 clarify — clar|i|fy [ˈklærıfaı] v past tense and past participle clarified present participle clarifying third person singular clarifies [T] [Date: 1300 1400; : Old French; Origin: clarifier, from Late Latin clarificare, from Latin clarus; CLEAR1] 1.) …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 11 clarify — verb (T) to make something clearer and easier to understand: Can you clarify that statement? | clarify how/what etc: The report aims to clarify how these conclusions were reached. | clarify your position (=tell people what you think about a… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 12 clarify — verb ADVERB ▪ fully ▪ exactly ▪ further ▪ Headings and sub headings further clarify the structure of the article. VERB + CLARIFY ▪ …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 13 clarify — clar|i|fy [ klerı,faı ] verb transitive * 1. ) FORMAL to explain something more clearly so that it is easier to understand: Could you clarify your remarks? He is expected to clarify his position today. clarify what: It is important to clarify… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 14 clarify — verb 1) their report clarified the situation Syn: make clear, shed/throw light on, elucidate, illuminate; explain, explicate, define, spell out, clear up Ant: confuse 2) clarify the butter …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 15 clarify — [[t]klæ̱rɪfaɪ[/t]] clarifies, clarifying, clarified VERB To clarify something means to make it easier to understand, usually by explaining it in more detail. [FORMAL] [V n] Thank you for writing and allowing me to clarify the present position...… …

    English dictionary

  • 16 clarify — verb ( fied; fying) Etymology: Middle English clarifien, from Anglo French clarifier, from Late Latin clarificare, from Latin clarus clear more at clear Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. to make (as a liquid) clear or pure usually by freeing… …

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  • 17 clarify — verb a) To make clear or bright by freeing from feculent matter; to defecate; to fine; said of liquids, as wine or syrup. Boiled and clarified. b) To make clear; to free from obscurities; to brighten or illuminate. To clarify his reason, and to… …

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  • 18 clarify — clar·i·fy klar ə .fī vb, fied; fy·ing vt to make (as a liquid) clear or pure usu. by freeing from suspended matter <clarify sewage> vi to become clear clar·i·fi·ca·tion .klar ə fə kā shən n clar·i·fi·er klar ə .fī( ə)r n * * * clar·i·fy… …

    Medical dictionary

  • 19 clarify — clar•i•fy [[t]ˈklær əˌfaɪ[/t]] v. fied, fy•ing 1) to make (an idea, statement, etc.) clear or intelligible; to free from ambiguity 2) chem. to remove solid matter from (a liquid); to make into a clear or pellucid liquid 3) to free (the mind,… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 20 clarify — clarification, n. clarifier, n. /klar euh fuy /, v., clarified, clarifying. v.t. 1. to make (an idea, statement, etc.) clear or intelligible; to free from ambiguity. 2. to remove solid matter from (a liquid); to make into a clear or pellucid… …

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