clear (klîr) adjective
1. Free from clouds, mist, or haze: a clear day.
2. Free from what dims, obscures, or darkens; unclouded: clear water; bright, clear colors.
3. Free from flaw, blemish, or impurity: a clear, perfect diamond; a clear record with the police.
4. Free from impediment, obstruction, or hindrance; open: a clear view; a clear path to victory.
5. Plain or evident to the mind; unmistakable: a clear case of cheating.
6. Easily perceptible to the eye or ear; distinct.
7. Discerning or perceiving easily; keen: a clear mind.
8. Free from doubt or confusion; certain.
9. Free from qualification or limitation; absolute: a clear winner.
10. Free from guilt; untroubled: a clear conscience.
11. Having been freed from contact, proximity, or connection: At last we were clear of the danger. The ship was clear of the reef.
12. Free from charges or deductions; net: a clear profit.
13. Containing nothing.
1. Distinctly; clearly: spoke loud and clear.
2. Out of the way; completely away: stood clear of the doors.
3. Informal. All the way; completely: slept clear through the night; read the book clear to the end.
cleared, clearing, clears
1. To make light, clear, or bright.
2. To rid of impurities, blemishes, muddiness, or foreign matter.
3. To free from confusion, doubt, or ambiguity; make plain or intelligible: cleared up the question of responsibility.
4. a. To rid of objects or obstructions: clear the table; clear the road of debris. b. To make (a way or clearing) by removing obstructions: clear a path through the jungle. c. To remove (objects or obstructions): clear the dishes; clear snow from the road.
5. a. To remove the occupants of: clear the theater. b. To remove (people): clear the children from the room.
6. Computer Science. a. To rid (a memory or buffer, for example) of instructions or data. b. To remove (instructions or data) from a memory.
7. To free from a legal charge or imputation of guilt; acquit: cleared the suspect of the murder charge.
8. To pass by, under, or over without contact: The boat cleared the dock.
9. To settle (a debt).
10. To gain (a given amount) as net profit or earnings.
11. To pass (a bill of exchange, such as a check) through a clearing-house.
12. a. To secure the approval of: The bill cleared the Senate. b. To authorize or approve: cleared the material for publication.
13. To free (a ship or cargo) from legal detention at a harbor by fulfilling customs and harbor requirements.
14. To give clearance or authorization to: cleared the plane to land.
15. To free (the throat) of phlegm by making a rasping sound.
1. To become clear: The sky cleared.
2. To go away; disappear: The fog cleared.
3. a. To exchange checks and bills or settle accounts through a clearing-house. b. To pass through the banking system and be debited and credited to the relevant accounts: The check cleared.
4. To comply with customs and harbor requirements in discharging a cargo or in leaving or entering a port.
A clear or open space.
clear out Informal
To leave a place, usually quickly.
clear the air
To dispel differences or emotional tensions.
in the clear
1. Free from burdens or dangers.
2. Not subject to suspicion or accusations of guilt: The evidence showed that the suspect was in the clear.
[Middle English cler, from Old French, from Latin clārus, clear, bright.]
Synonyms: clear, limpid, lucid, pellucid, transparent. The central meaning shared by these adjectives is "not opaque or clouded": clear, sediment-free claret; limpid blue eyes; lucid air; a pellucid brook; transparent crystal. See also synonyms at apparent.