Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.


Not one clarifies any relationship which will further his efforts to order the world.

This is the luminous present that clarifies the hazy future.

It clarifies my ideas, and I see more definitely what I want.

This kind of conclusion emphasizes, repeats, clarifies, enforces.

The etymological note not only clarifies Shakespeare, but spreads behind him (and other poets) a sort of verbal-cosmic background.

Through labor mankind approaches this ideal, attains knowledge from experience, and clarifies the concept of happiness.

Since it clarifies Taine's aims and justifications, I have moved and placed it below.

Rapid cooling of the product prevents overcooking, clarifies the liquid and preserves the shape and texture of the product.

Rapid cooling of the products prevents overcooking, clarifies the liquid and preserves the shape and texture.

But it is introduced quite incidentally by Kant, and obscures quite as much as it clarifies the main argument.


early 14c., "make illustrious, make known," from Old French clarifiier "clarify, make clear, explain" (12c.), from Late Latin clarificare "to make clear," also "to glorify," from Latin clarificus "brilliant," from clarus "clear, distinct" (see clear (adj.)) + root of facere "to make, do" (see factitious).

Meaning "make clear, purify" is from early 15c. in English; intransitive sense of "grow or become clear" is from 1590s. Figurative sense of "to free from obscurity" is from 1823. Related: Clarified; clarifying.