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



    BrE BrE//klɪə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//klɪr//
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they clear
    BrE BrE//klɪə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//klɪr//
    he / she / it clears
    BrE BrE//klɪəz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//klɪrz//
    past simple cleared
    BrE BrE//klɪəd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//klɪrd//
    past participle cleared
    BrE BrE//klɪəd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//klɪrd//
    -ing form clearing
    BrE BrE//ˈklɪərɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈklɪrɪŋ//
    Soccer, Sky
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    remove something/somebody
  1. 1  [transitive] to remove something that is not wanted or needed from a place clear something I had cleared my desk before I left. It was several hours before the road was cleared after the accident. It's your turn to clear the table (= to take away the dirty plates, etc. after a meal). She cleared a space on the sofa for him to sit down. clear A (of B) I cleared my desk of papers. The streets had been cleared of snow. clear B (from/off A) Clear all those papers off the desk. The remains of the snow had been cleared from the streets. see also clear away
  2. 2  [transitive] clear something to make people leave a place After the bomb warning, police cleared the streets.
  3. not be blocked
  4. 3  [intransitive] to move freely again; to no longer be blocked The traffic took a long time to clear after the accident. The boy's lungs cleared and he began to breathe more easily.
  5. of liquid
  6. 4  [intransitive] when a liquid clears, it becomes transparent and you can see through it The muddy water slowly cleared.
  7. of smoke, etc.
  8. 5  [intransitive] clear (away) when smoke, fog, etc. clears, it disappears so that it is easier to see things The mist will clear by mid-morning. As the dust cleared, we saw that the whole ceiling had come down. See related entries: Sky
  9. of sky/weather
  10. 6[intransitive] when the sky or the weather clears, it becomes brighter and free of cloud or rain The sky cleared after the storm. The rain is clearing slowly.
  11. your head/mind
  12. 7[intransitive, transitive] if your head or mind clears, or you clear it, you become free of thoughts that worry or confuse you or the effects of alcohol, a blow, etc. and you are able to think clearly As her mind cleared, she remembered what had happened. clear something I went for a walk to clear my head.
  13. of face/expression
  14. 8[intransitive] if your face or expression clears, you stop looking angry or worried
  15. prove somebody innocent
  16. 9[transitive] clear somebody (of something) to prove that somebody is innocent She was cleared of all charges against her. Throughout his years in prison, he fought to clear his name.
  17. give official permission
  18. 10[transitive] to give or get official approval for something to be done clear something His appointment had been cleared by the board. clear something with somebody/something I'll have to clear it with the manager.
  19. 11[transitive] clear something to give official permission for a person, a ship, a plane or goods to leave or enter a place The plane had been cleared for take-off. to clear goods through customs
  20. 12[transitive] clear somebody to decide officially, after finding out information about somebody, that they can be given special work or allowed to see secret papers She hasn't been cleared by security.
  21. money
  22. 13[intransitive, transitive] clear (something) if a payment that is made into your bank account clears, or a bank clears it, the money is available for you to use Cheques usually take three working days to clear.
  23. 14[transitive] clear something to gain or earn a sum of money as profit She cleared £1 000 on the deal.
  24. 15[transitive] clear something if you clear a debt or a loan, you pay all the money back
  25. get over/past
  26. 16[transitive] clear something to jump over or get past something without touching it The horse cleared the fence easily. The car only just cleared (= avoided hitting) the gatepost.
  27. in sport
  28. 17[transitive, intransitive] clear (something) (in football (soccer ) and some other sports) if you clear a ball, or a ball clears, it is kicked or hit away from the area near your own goal See related entries: Soccer
  29. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French cler, from Latin clarus.Word Familyclear adjective (unclear)clearly adverbclarity nounclarify verbExtra examples Can you clear away all your toys now? Clear those papers off the desk. Correct breathing helps to clear the mind and reduce tension. Four men accused of assault have been cleared of all charges. His face suddenly cleared as understanding dawned. I want you to clear all this mess up. I went for a walk to try to clear my head. She hastily cleared a space for him to sit down. The site must be completely cleared and made safe for children. The three defendants were formally cleared by the judge. They cleared the mud from the steps. We cleared the path of leaves. After spending more than ten years on death row, the two men were finally cleared of a crime they did not commit. As the smoke cleared, two fighter planes came into view. At the next station the train was cleared and the body was removed. He was acquitted/​cleared of murder. I cleared my desk of papers and got down to work. I’ll have to clear it with the manager before I can refund your money. In case of emergency, you should be able to clear the building within three minutes. It’s time your toys were cleared away. It’s your turn to clear the table. Police were still clearing the streets when the bomb went off. She hasn’t been cleared by security. The clouds had not yet cleared. The goods had been cleared through customs. They sold $25 million in holdings in order to clear colossal bank debts. Throughout his years in prison, he fought to clear his name. We are economizing for a few months to try to clear our overdraft.Idioms
    blow/clear the cobwebs away
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    to help somebody start something in a fresh, lively state of mind A brisk walk should blow the cobwebs away.
    to improve a difficult or tense situation by talking about worries, doubts, etc. (informal) to prepare for an activity, event, etc. by removing anything that is not essential to it to cough so that you can speak clearly
    clear the way (for something/for something to happen)
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    to remove things that are stopping the progress or movement of something The ruling could clear the way for extradition proceedings.
    Phrasal Verbsclear awayclear offclear out (of…)clear outclear upclear upclear somethingup
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