verb (clarifies, clarifying, clarified)[with object]
- 1Make (a statement or situation) less confused and more comprehensible: the report managed to clarify the government’s positionMore 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.
- 2 (often as adjective clarified) Melt (butter) in order to separate out the impurities: seal the pots with a layer of clarified butterMore example sentences
purify, refine; filter, make clear; melt (down), render• technical fine
- 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'.