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[klar-uh-fahy] /ˈklær əˌfaɪ/
verb (used with object), clarified, clarifying.
to make (an idea, statement, etc.) clear or intelligible; to free from ambiguity.
to remove solid matter from (a liquid); to make into a clear or pellucid liquid.
to free (the mind, intelligence, etc.) from confusion; revive:
The short nap clarified his thoughts.
verb (used without object), clarified, clarifying.
to become clear, pure, or intelligible:
The political situation clarified.
Origin of clarify
1350-1400; Middle English < Middle French clarifier < Late Latin clārificāre, equivalent to Latin clār(us) clear + -ificāre -ify
Related forms
clarification, noun
clarifier, noun
nonclarification, noun
nonclarified, adjective
unclarified, adjective
unclarifying, adjective
1. explain, illuminate, elucidate, resolve. Unabridged
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verb -fies, -fying, -fied
to make or become clear or easy to understand
to make or become free of impurities
to make (fat, butter, etc) clear by heating, etc, or (of fat, etc) to become clear as a result of such a process
Derived Forms
clarification, noun
clarifier, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French clarifier, from Late Latin clārificāre, from Latin clārus clear + facere to make
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Word Origin and History for clarify

early 14c., "make illustrious, make known," from Old French clarifiier "clarify, make clear, explain" (12c.), from Late Latin clarificare "to make clear," also "to glorify," from Latin clarificus "brilliant," from clarus "clear, distinct" (see clear (adj.)) + root of facere "to make, do" (see factitious).

Meaning "make clear, purify" is from early 15c. in English; intransitive sense of "grow or become clear" is from 1590s. Figurative sense of "to free from obscurity" is from 1823. Related: Clarified; clarifying.

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clarify in Technology
A software vendor, specialising in Customer Relationship Management software. Nortel Networks sold Clarify to Amdocs in 2002.
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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