Definition of clarify in English:

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clarify

Pronunciation: /ˈklerəˌfī/

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.
Synonyms
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.
Example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
purify, refine;
filter, fine

Derivatives

clarifier

Pronunciation: /ˈklerəˌfī(ə)r/
noun

Origin

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 clarify

scarify

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: clar·i·fy

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