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Definition of "clarify" []

  • To make clear or easier to understand; elucidate: clarified her intentions. (verb-transitive)
  • To clear of confusion or uncertainty: clarify the mind. (verb-transitive)
  • To make clear by removing impurities or solid matter, as by heating gently or filtering: clarify butter. (verb-transitive)
  • To become clear. (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "clarify" in a sentence
  • "What David has failed to clarify is that what he means by "working rifle" is that you have to "work your a@# off" to buy one!"
  • "If you're going to approach front loading as an engineering problem, the first thing you need to clarify is whether there's any engineering differences to look for between a normal mindless variation and a front loaded variation."
  • "One writer, however, Mr Harry Stuart, has made a little book called We Have Kept the Faith, where, though one finds no perfect poem, one finds constant beauty of metaphor and strangeness of thought, and so no lucky accident but a personality.289 Will his expression clarify, his music grow strong and confident, or will his promise remain unfulfilled?"