clarify

[klar-uh-fahy]
verb (used with object), clarified, clarifying.
1.
to make (an idea, statement, etc.) clear or intelligible; to free from ambiguity.
2.
to remove solid matter from (a liquid); to make into a clear or pellucid liquid.
3.
to free (the mind, intelligence, etc.) from confusion; revive: The short nap clarified his thoughts.
verb (used without object), clarified, clarifying.
4.
to become clear, pure, or intelligible: The political situation clarified.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English < Middle French clarifier < Late Latin clārificāre, equivalent to Latin clār(us) clear + -ificāre -ify

clarification, noun
clarifier, noun
nonclarification, noun
nonclarified, adjective
unclarified, adjective
unclarifying, adjective


1. explain, illuminate, elucidate, resolve.
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clarify (ˈklærɪˌfaɪ)
 
vb , -fies, -fying, -fied
1.  to make or become clear or easy to understand
2.  to make or become free of impurities
3.  to make (fat, butter, etc) clear by heating, etc, or (of fat, etc) to become clear as a result of such a process
 
[C14: from Old French clarifier, from Late Latin clārificāre, from Latin clārus clear + facere to make]
 
clarifi'cation
 
n
 
'clarifier
 
n

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clarify
early 14c., from O.Fr. clarifier, from L. clarificare "to make clear," from L. clarus "famous, clear" (from clarare) + root of facere "to make, do" (see factitious).
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Example sentences
It may be put in soup kettle, or lean part may be chopped and utilized for meat
  cakes, fat tried out and clarified for shortening.
It can be clarified a little by comparing literature with science.
It is moistened with clarified butter-then baked, and sweetened with honey or
  sugar.
Information on points that need to be clarified is also a bonus.
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