Clarify - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈklærəfaɪ|  American pronunciation of the word clarify
Brit.  |ˈklarɪfʌɪ|  British pronunciation of the word clarify


- make clear and (more) comprehensible(syn: elucidate)

clarify the mystery surrounding her death

- make clear by removing impurities or solids, as by heating

clarify the butter
clarify beer


Can you clarify exactly what it is you're proposing?

Her explanation did not clarify matters much.

The president was forced to clarify his position on the issue.

The committee clarified the manager's duties.

a substance used to clarify wine

Could you clarify one or two points for me?

Reporters asked him to clarify his position (=say exactly what his beliefs are) on welfare reform.

The report aims to clarify how these conclusions were reached.

clarify the mystery surrounding her death

...a codicil to the treaty was necessary to clarify certain provisos that had proved to be ambiguous...

She described a hypothetical case to clarify her point.

Some of the laws were contradictory. Accordingly, measures were taken to clarify them.

I thought it was worthwhile to clarify the matter.

so enigmatic that priests might have to clarify it

Word forms

I/you/we/they: clarify
he/she/it: clarifies
present participle: clarifying
past tense: clarified
past participle: clarified
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