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Definition of clarify verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they clarify
    he / she / it clarifies
    past simple clarified
    -ing form clarifying
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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
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noun [uncountable, countable] I am seeking clarification of the regulations.
AWL Collocationsclarifyclarify verbto make something clearer or easier to understanddefinitively, fully greatly furtherThe following sections of this paper will further clarify the methodology.aim to, attempt to, seek to serve to help toAdditional research in several areas may help to clarify some remaining questions.ambiguity misconception distinction relationship role issue, matter position, situation meaningGarcia clarified the relationship that exists between language and culture.clarification nounfurtherFurther clarification of these relationships is required.need, require seekThis analysis is confusing and needs further clarification.clarity nounlack obscure enhance, improve bring, lend, offer, provide achieve, gainKangle's translation is considered the most authentic, but lacks clarity in some instances.lack of ~One reason for the lack of clarity is that measurement varies greatly across studies.
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