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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb clarify:


The word clarify and its family (clarification, clarified, clarifies, clarifying, clarity) are included in the Academic Word List by Dr. Averil Coxhead, which contains the 570 most frequent word families used in academic texts from a variety of subject areas, of interest for students that learn the words most needed to study at tertiary institutions.

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Definition of the verb clarify

What does clarify mean as a doing word?

Clarify is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.

verb - inflections: clarified

  1. make clear and (more) comprehensible
  2. make clear by removing impurities or solids, as by heating

Alternative definition of the verb clarify


  1. To make clear or bright by freeing from feculent matter; to defecate; to fine; -- said of liquids, as wine or syrup.
  2. To make clear; to free from obscurities; to brighten or illuminate.
  3. To grow or become clear or transparent; to become free from feculent impurities, as wine or other liquid under clarification.
  4. To grow clear or bright; to clear up.
  5. [obsolete] To glorify.


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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Clarify

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Google previewGreat Books Written in Prison (2015)

Essays on Classic Works from Plato to Martin Luther King, Jr. by J. Ward Regan

The first point to clarify is that a work is not “great” simply because it is popular or because we (personally) like it. “Great” in the literary and historical context means a text with unusual artistic or literary merit, daring political or philosophical ...

Google previewStatistical Principles for the Design of Experiments (2012)

Applications to Real Experiments by R. Mead, S. G. Gilmour, A. Mead

The first point to clarify is that there are many different forms of objective for an experiment. Some experiments are concerned with the determination of optimal operating conditions for some chemical or biological process. Others are intended ...

Google previewNature and Social Theory (2002)

by Adrian Franklin

The first thing to clarify is that realists come ...

Google previewSpacecraft Attitude Dynamics (2012)

by Peter C. Hughes

The only remaining point to clarify is the uniqueness of a and o, given C. It is plain that there is a one-to-one correspondence between C and the orientation of .961, with respect to 2,. It is equally clear from (22) that there is a unique rotation ...

Google previewA Practical Guide to Teaching and Learning (2011)

by Oran Tkatchov, Michele Pollnow

One thing to clarify is that the ...

Google previewPro Android 2 (2010)

by Sayed Hashimi, Satya Komatineni, Dave MacLean

One more point to clarify is the use of transformation matrices. Every time glDrawElements() is called it uses a specific transformation matrix. If we were to change this to alter the position of the figure (or any other aspect of the figure) we would ...

Google previewPaint Shop Pro Photo XI for Photographers (2006)

by Ken McMahon

Clarify is a one-button filter used to add a quick bump in contrast and image sharpness. Most times this works well; however, for total control you have to use the perversely named Unsharp Mask filter. What this does is apply a selected contrast ...

Google previewElsevier's Dictionary of Vitamins and Pharmacochemistry (2006)

by Henry Philippsborn

d Klärung f der Lösung f clarification f de la solution p clarificação f da solução clarify v a suspension (Prod.) (Fine chemical technology; e.g. by filtration – not by decantation.) eine Suspension klären clarifier une suspension clarificar uma ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Health Communication (2014)

by Teresa L. Thompson

Clarify themeaning ofevaluation. A seventh principle flows fromthe previous, affirming the need for public health practitioners and academic health communicators to clarify the meaning of evaluation. Sometimes,the two collaborators will ...

Google previewThe SAGE Encyclopedia of Classroom Management (2015)

by W. George Scarlett

To clarify the expectations, for example, a teacher assists students on how to collaboratively build a community to support classroom management. This collaborative classroom community facilitates the accomplishment of unified C D 5.

Google previewThe Oxford Dictionary of Literary Terms (2008)

by Chris Baldick

It offers instead to clarify those twelve hundred terms that are most likely to cause the student or general reader some doubt or bafflement in the context of literary criticism and other discussion of literary works. Rather than include for the sake ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Survey Research Methods (2008)

by Paul J. Lavrakas

Under conversational interviewing procedures, interviewers are allowed to ask respondents if they did not understand a question and provide unscripted feedback to clarify the meaning of questions as necessary. Conversational interviewing ...

Google previewMongolian English Dictionary (2013)

by Bawden,

to think over, toconsider, toreflect on,тунгааж олох to thinkout,to workout, тунгаанхэлэлцэх to clarify ТУНГААЦГҮЙ assured, selfconfident ТУНГАЛАГ 1. clear, transparent, ~ хоолой soprano, уран ~ хоолой coloratura soprano ...

Google previewA Dictionary of English Synonymes and Synonymous Or Parallel Expressions Designed as a Practical Guide to Aptness and Variety of Phraseology (1891)

by Richard Soule

Clarify, defecate.

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of Australia (2014)

by Norman Abjorensen, James C. Docherty

because of the strict criteria laid down by the court to establish such claims, and because further test cases were needed to clarify the legal boundaries of native title. In January 1994, the Paul Keating government enacted the Native Title Act, ...

Google previewLeadership Lexicon (2005)

by Bellingham Rick, Rick Bellingham, William O'Brien

Skill: Clarify the business value of opportunities or strategies. Action: • Proactively clarify the "business value" of specific opportunities or strategies with team members (e.g., ROI, margins, business impact). Skill: Get help from content experts.

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I see only defects because I'm not following the scene as it were. I'm not following the other person. It's like the best thing to clarify this is the theater. (Omar Sharif)
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Scrabble value of C3L1A1R1I1F4Y4

The value of this 7-letter word is 15 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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