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Definition of the verb clear up

What does clear up mean as a doing phrase?


  1. make clear and (more) comprehensible
  2. finish a task completely
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Location]The strong winds cleared the sky
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Location] of [Theme]Doug cleaned the table of dishes
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Theme] from / out / out of / off / off of [Location]Doug cleaned the dishes from the table
      [Location - not region] [Verb]The sky cleared
      [Theme - concrete object] [Verb] from / out / out of / off / off of [Location]Clouds cleared from the sky

      Verbs of Removing (with the same syntax): clean, clear, drain, empty.

    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • synonyms of clear up: finish off / finish up / get through / mop up / polish off / wrap up
    • more generic words: complete / finish = come or bring to a finish or an end
    • more specific term: cap off = finish or complete, as with some decisive action
  3. free (the throat) by making a rasping sound
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • synonym of clear up: clear
    • more generic terms: remove / take / take away / withdraw = remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract
  4. become clear
  5. make free from confusion or ambiguity; make clear

Alternative definition of the verb clear up


  1. [transitive] To clarify, to correct a misconception.
  2. [intransitive] Of stormy weather, to dissipate, to become calm.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Clear Up

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Google previewSimon & Schuster Super Crossword Puzzle Dictionary And Reference Book (1999)

by Seth Godin, Lark Productions LLC, Seth Godin Productions

clear: 3 net, top; 4 earn, free, gain, make, open, pass, sack, soft; 5 clean, light, plain, sunny; 6 acquit, assoil, limpid, pull in, purify, sack up, take in, unclog; 7 bring in, clarify, clear up, cleared, clearly, decided, glaring, light up, notable, realize, ...

Google previewKoasati Dictionary (1994)

by Geoffrey D. Kimball

clear up to clear up (of a rash, ...

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

Become fair, clear away, clear up, break, break away. 2. Remove, clear away or off, cancel, pay, pay off tv up, liquidate. Clear-sighted* a. Discerning. See CLEARHEADED, 2. Clear up. {Neuter.) Become fair, clear off, clear away, break, break ...

Google previewNaval Text-book, and Dictionary (1862)

For the Use of the Midshipmen of the U.S. Navy by Benjamin J. Totten

Clear up the decks, to clear up the rigging, and lay every rope in its proper place. Cleared. Merchant vessels are cleared when they have obtained leave to sail, from the Custom House officer. To clear ship for action, to prepare for action.

Google previewBachiesichang Dictionary of English Errors (2013)

by King Sulleyman D. Bachiesichang

out, clear something out, clear up, clear something up, clear up – DERIVATIVES clearable adj. clearness n. 8 The headmaster made quite clear in the assembly that any indisciplinary behaviour shall not be tolerated. The headmaster made it ...

Google previewA New Rotuman Dictionary (1998)

An English-Rotuman Wordlist by Elizabeth Kafonika Makarita Inia

tafa clear-eyed maf liuliu clear-sighted maf liuliu clear space tafa clear up (of rain) so1 clear: become ~ no'o1 clear: largely ~ (not entirely) taftafa clear: make ~ a 'tafa clear: not ~ (of water) rehu clearly ...

Google previewChambers Dictionary Of Phrasal Verbs

clear up 1 vt sep ...

Google previewFuldstaendigt Dansk og Engelsk haand-lexicon (1824)

udarbeidet efter de bedste og nyeste ordbøger by Christian Friderich Bay

to clear up, groov erene again. (– Forstanden) to inform, illustrate or illuminate, to cultivate, the Understanding. (– en Sag) to bring Light to an Affair, clear it up. Opklarelse, Opklaring, the Clearing up, an Illustration, Illumination.

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I consider criticism merely a preliminary excitement, a statement of things a writer has to clear up in his own head sometime or other, probably antecedent to writing; of no value unless it come to fruit in the created work later. (Ezra Pound)
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