Definition of clarify verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    clarify

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈklærəfaɪ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈklærəfaɪ//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they clarify
    BrE BrE//ˈklærəfaɪ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈklærəfaɪ//
     
    he / she / it clarifies
    BrE BrE//ˈklærəfaɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈklærəfaɪz//
     
    past simple clarified
    BrE BrE//ˈklærəfaɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈklærəfaɪd//
     
    past participle clarified
    BrE BrE//ˈklærəfaɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈklærəfaɪd//
     
    -ing form clarifying
    BrE BrE//ˈklærəfaɪɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈklærəfaɪɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1(formal) to make something clearer or easier to understand clarify something to clarify a situation/problem/issue I hope this clarifies my position. The law on drugs needs to be clarified. Talking to someone has helped clarify my feelings. clarify what/how, etc… She asked him to clarify what he meant. Language BankdefineDefining terms It is important to clarify what is meant by climate change. Climate change can/may be defined as ‘the long-term fluctuations in temperature, precipitation, wind and other aspects of the earth’s climate’. A generally accepted definition of global warming is the gradual increase in the overall temperature of the earth’s atmosphere due to the greenhouse effect. The greenhouse effect is defined by the author as the process by which heat from the sun is trapped in the earth’s atmosphere, causing the temperature of the earth to rise. The author uses the term climate change to refer to any significant change in measures of climate lasting for an extended period. The term ‘carbon footprint’ refers to the amount of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere as a result of the activities of an individual or organization. Scientists suggest that increased carbon dioxide in the atmosphere will result in an increase in global temperatures, and the term ‘global warming’ is used to describe this phenomenon.
  2. 2clarify something to make something, especially butter, pure by heating it clarified butter
  3. Word Familyclear adjective (unclear)clearly adverbclarity nounclarify verb Word Origin Middle English (in the senses ‘set forth clearly’ and ‘make pure and clean’): from Old French clarifier, from late Latin clarificare, from Latin clarus ‘clear’.Extra examples I am happy to clarify any points that are still unclear. I hope I managed to clarify things a little. Let me clarify my position on this matter. The 1880s saw a major attempt to clarify the law and simplify court procedure. The illustrations are meant to clarify some of the points in the text. There are one or two issues that need to be clarified.
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