(noun, adjective, verb, adverb)


1. readily apparent to the mind

- a clear and present danger

- a clear explanation

- a clear case of murder

Similar word(s): unambiguous, broad, unsubtle, distinct, trenchant, limpid, lucid, luculent, pellucid, perspicuous, unmistakable, vivid, comprehendible, comprehensible, definite, distinct

2. free from confusion or doubt

- a complex problem requiring a clear head

- not clear about what is expected of us

Similar word(s): clearheaded

3. affording free passage or view

- a clear view

- a clear path to victory

Similar word(s): unobstructed, open

4. allowing light to pass through

- clear water

- clear plastic bags

- clear glass

Similar word(s): crystalline, limpid, lucid, pellucid, transparent, hyaline, hyaloid, liquid, semitransparent, translucent, unclouded, unfrosted

5. free from contact or proximity or connection

- we were clear of the danger

- the ship was clear of the reef

Similar word(s): free

6. characterized by freedom from troubling thoughts (especially guilt)

- a clear conscience

- regarded her questioner with clear untroubled eyes

Similar word(s): untroubled

7. (of sound or color) free from anything that dulls or dims

- clear laughter like a waterfall

- clear reds and blues

Similar word(s): pure, clean, light, unclouded

8. (especially of a title) free from any encumbrance or limitation that presents a question of fact or law

- I have clear title to this property

Similar word(s): unencumbered, unmortgaged

9. clear and distinct to the senses; easily perceptible

- as clear as a whistle

- clear footprints in the snow

- the letter brought back a clear image of his grandfather

Similar word(s): distinct

10. accurately stated or described

11. free from clouds or mist or haze

- on a clear day

Similar word(s): cloudless, unclouded, fair, serene

12. free of restrictions or qualifications

- a clear winner

Similar word(s): unqualified, clean

13. free from flaw or blemish or impurity

- a clear perfect diamond

- the clear complexion of a healthy young woman

Similar word(s): perfect

14. clear of charges or deductions

- a clear profit

Similar word(s): net, nett

15. easily deciphered

Similar word(s): legible, decipherable, readable

16. freed from any question of guilt

- was now clear of the charge of cowardice

Similar word(s): guiltless, innocent, absolved, cleared, exculpated, exonerated, vindicated

17. characterized by ease and quickness in perceiving

- clear mind

Similar word(s): discerning, percipient

Sentences with clear as an adjective:

- as clear as crystal

- The windshield was clear and clean.

- Congress passed the President’s Clear Skies legislation.

- The driver had mistakenly thought the intersection was clear.

- The coast is clear.

- He gave clear instructions not to bother him at work.

- Do I make myself clear? Crystal clear.

- I'm still not quite clear on what some of these words mean.

- clear of texture;

- a clear intellect;  a clear head

- clear sand

- a clear complexion;  clear lumber


1. completely

- read the book clear to the end

- slept clear through the night

- there were open fields clear to the horizon

2. in an easily perceptible manner

- could be seen clearly under the microscope

- She cried loud and clear

Similar word(s): clearly

Sentences with clear as an adverb:

- I threw it clear across the river to the other side.

- Stand clear of the rails, a train is coming.


1. the state of being free of suspicion

- investigation showed that he was in the clear

Definition categories: state, innocence

2. a clear or unobstructed space or expanse of land or water

Similar word(s): open

Definition categories: location, area, country

Sentences with clear as a noun:

- a room ten feet square in the clear


1. rid of obstructions

- Clear your desk

Similar word(s): unclutter

Definition categories: change, alter, modify

2. make a way or path by removing objects

- Clear a path through the dense forest

Definition categories: change, create, make

3. become clear

- The sky cleared after the storm

Similar word(s): brighten

Definition categories: weather

4. grant authorization or clearance for

- Clear the manuscript for publication

Similar word(s): authorise, authorize, pass

Definition categories: communication, allow, countenance, let, permit

5. remove

- clear the leaves from the lawn

- Clear snow from the road

Definition categories: change, remove, take, withdraw

6. go unchallenged; be approved

- The bill cleared the House

Similar word(s): pass

Definition categories: social, succeed, win

7. be debited and credited to the proper bank accounts

- The check will clear within 2 business days

Definition categories: possession

8. go away or disappear

- The fog cleared in the afternoon

Definition categories: perception, disappear, vanish

9. pass by, over, or under without making contact

- the balloon cleared the tree tops

Similar word(s): top

Definition categories: motion, overhaul, overtake, pass

10. make free from confusion or ambiguity; make clear

- Clear up the question of who is at fault

Similar word(s): crystalise, crystalize, crystallise, crystallize, elucidate, enlighten, illuminate

Definition categories: cognition, clarify, elucidate

11. free from payment of customs duties, as of a shipment

- Clear the ship and let it dock

Definition categories: social, discharge, free

12. clear from impurities, blemishes, pollution, etc.

- clear the water before it can be drunk

Definition categories: possession, disembarrass, free, rid

13. yield as a net profit

Similar word(s): net

Definition categories: possession, bear, pay, yield

14. make as a net profit

- The company cleared $1 million

Similar word(s): net, sack

Definition categories: possession, benefit, gain, profit

15. earn on some commercial or business transaction; earn as salary or wages

- He clears $5,000 each month

Similar word(s): earn, gain, make, realise, realize

Definition categories: possession, acquire, get

16. sell

- We cleared a lot of the old model cars

Definition categories: possession, sell

17. pass an inspection or receive authorization

- clear customs

Definition categories: motion, clear, pass

18. pronounce not guilty of criminal charges

- The suspect was cleared of the murder charges

Similar word(s): acquit, assoil, discharge, exculpate, exonerate

Definition categories: communication, judge, label, pronounce

19. settle, as of a debt

- clear a debt

Similar word(s): solve

Definition categories: communication, determine, settle

20. make clear, bright, light, or translucent

- The water had to be cleared through filtering

Definition categories: change, alter, modify

21. rid of instructions or data

- clear a memory buffer

Definition categories: change, empty

22. remove (people) from a building

- clear the patrons from the theater after the bomb threat

Definition categories: change, remove

23. remove the occupants of

- Clear the building

Definition categories: change, empty

24. free (the throat) by making a rasping sound

- Clear the throat

Definition categories: change, remove, take, withdraw

Sentences with clear as a verb:

- When the road cleared we continued our journey.

- The court cleared the man of murder.

- The door just barely clears the table as it closes.  The leaping horse easily cleared the hurdles.

- After a heavy rain, the sky cleared nicely for the evening.

- The check might not clear for a couple of days.

- He's been clearing seven thousand a week.

- The steamer cleared for Liverpool today.

- to clear an array;  to clear a single bit (binary digit) in a value