EDITOR'S NOTE: This piece has been updated to clarify that California does not have a partisan primary for Governor.
“European leaders need to clarify what is the vision,” he said last week.
“Shermantine thought he would have to pay for it so we thought we should clarify so an inmate does not have to pay,” she said.
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.