clarify Definition

  • 1to make something clear or easier to understand
  • 2to remove impurities from a liquid

Using clarify: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "clarify" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    Can you clarify what you mean by 'significant'?

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    The speaker tried to clarify the main points of the presentation.

  • Example

    The wine was clarified by filtering it through a fine mesh.

  • Example

    The instructions were not clear, so I asked for clarification.

clarify Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for clarify

Phrases with clarify

  • to explain one's stance or opinion in a clear and concise manner


    The politician attempted to clarify his position on the issue during the debate.

  • clarify one's thoughts

    to organize or make sense of one's ideas or thinking


    Writing in a journal can help clarify one's thoughts and feelings.

  • to remove the milk solids from melted butter, leaving only the clear liquid


    The recipe calls for clarified butter, which has a higher smoke point than regular butter.

Origins of clarify

from Old French 'clarifier', from Late Latin 'clarificare', from Latin 'clarus' meaning 'clear'


Summary: clarify in Brief

To 'clarify' [ˈklærɪfaɪ] is to make something clear or easier to understand, such as explaining a concept or removing impurities from a liquid. It can be used in phrases like 'clarify one's position' or 'clarify one's thoughts,' and in cooking to 'clarify butter.'

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