verb (clarifies, clarifying, clarified)[with object]
1Make (a statement or situation) less confused and more clearly comprehensible: the report managed to clarify the government’s position
More example sentences
- She was not available for comment, or to clarify the exact circumstances surrounding the case.
- A further consultation was required to clarify the situation and restore trust.
- I hope that clarifies the situation for members.
make clear, shed/throw light on, elucidate, illuminate;
explain, explicate, define, spell out, clear up
2 (often as adjective clarified) Melt (butter) in order to separate out the impurities.
- Ghee, which is clarified butter, is another commonly used recipe item and is often used for frying.
- Clarifying butter removes the water and milk solids, leaving pure butterfat.
- The cooked and clarified butter is then spooned off to avoid disturbing the milk solids on the bottom of the pan.
Middle English (in the senses 'set forth clearly' and 'make pure and clean'): from Old French clarifier, from late Latin clarificare, from Latin clarus 'clear'.
Words that rhyme with clarifyscarify
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