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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.
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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Examples for clarifying
  • Masks rejuvenate the skin by clarifying the pores, evening skin tone, and providing moisture.
  • The discussion produced no compromises-it was a debate, not a negotiation-but it was clarifying.
  • He had located a clarifying point of reference in the lacrosse ordeal, and he became animated.
  • It was a clarifying moment: he became far more aggressive about everything.
  • Fortunately, their insights remain available to us, and certain of them are clarifying.
  • It is so rarely self-indulgent that it's clarifying.
  • Now the results of a new study are clarifying the nature of the link between weight and diabetes.
  • Not only may it help with easing stigma and clarifying diagnosis, but perhaps one day facilitate the triage to treatment.
  • Generally a good article, however one statement is worth clarifying carefully.
  • Thanks for correcting my presumptions and clarifying.
British Dictionary definitions for clarifying


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 clarifying
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).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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