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UK [ˈklærəfaɪ] / US [ˈklerɪˌfaɪ] verb [transitive]
Word forms "clarify":
present tense I/you/we/they clarify he/she/it clarifies present participle clarifying past tense clarified past participle clarified
1) formal to explain something more clearly so that it is easier to understand

Could you clarify your remarks?

He is expected to clarify his position today.

clarify what:

It is important to clarify what the change in the law will mean.

2) to make a liquid, especially butter, clear and pure, by using heat

clarified butter


English dictionary. 2014.

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  • clarify — I verb articulate, bare, bring to light, clear up, comment upon, construe, decipher, define, delineate, deliquare, demonstrate, disentangle, elucidate, enlighten, exemplify, explain, explicate, expose, exposit, expound, free from ambiguity, free… …   Law dictionary

  • Clarify — Clar i*fy, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Clarified}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Clarifying}.] [F. clarifier, from L. clarificare; clarus clear + facere to make. See {Clear}, and {Fact}.] 1. To make clear or bright by freeing from feculent matter; to defecate; to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Clarify — Clar i*fy, v. i. 1. To grow or become clear or transparent; to become free from feculent impurities, as wine or other liquid under clarification. [1913 Webster] 2. To grow clear or bright; to clear up. [1913 Webster] Whosoever hath his mind… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • clarify — [v1] explain, make clear analyze, break down, clear up, define, delineate, draw a picture, elucidate, formulate, illuminate, illustrate, interpret, make perfectly clear, make plain, resolve, settle, shed light on*, simplify, spell out*,… …   New thesaurus

  • clarify — [klar′ə fī΄] vt., vi. clarified, clarifying [ME clarifien < OFr clarifier < LL(Ec) clarificare, to make illustrious < L clarus, famous, CLEAR + facere, to make, DO1] 1. to make or become clear and free from impurities: said esp. of… …   English World dictionary

  • clarify — early 14c., from O.Fr. clarifiier (12c.), from L.L. clarificare to make clear, also to glorify, from L. clarificus brilliant, from clarus clear, distinct (see CLEAR (Cf. clear)) + root of facere to make, do (see FACTITIOUS (Cf …   Etymology dictionary

  • clarify — ► VERB (clarifies, clarified) 1) make more comprehensible. 2) melt (butter) to separate out the impurities. DERIVATIVES clarification noun clarifier noun. ORIGIN Old French clarifier, from Latin clarus clear …   English terms dictionary

  • clarify — 01. I asked the boss to [clarify] her instructions. 02. I don t quite understand what you mean. Can you [clarify] that last point for me? 03. We will need some [clarification] from the head office before we can sign the contract. 04. This… …   Grammatical examples in English

  • clarify — clar|i|fy [ˈklærıfaı] v past tense and past participle clarified present participle clarifying third person singular clarifies [T] [Date: 1300 1400; : Old French; Origin: clarifier, from Late Latin clarificare, from Latin clarus; CLEAR1] 1.) …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • clarify — verb (T) to make something clearer and easier to understand: Can you clarify that statement? | clarify how/what etc: The report aims to clarify how these conclusions were reached. | clarify your position (=tell people what you think about a… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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