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If not perfectly bright after straining, you may clarify it in this manner.

See if your stock jellies, by trying it on ice before you clarify.

Then add all the other ingredients and clarify (see To clear Jellies).

Two minutes is quite sufficient to set the egg and clarify the jelly.

If we cannot hope to clarify it to the comprehension of the average, we may at least do so for some.

Jakob, as usual, had some dried fish skin with him to clarify the coffee.

The meaning of this paradoxical situation is not easy to clarify.

Possibly in that sleep the dream may come which will clarify the whole situation.

I wish you would talk to her, and let her clarify your ideas.

We need to clarify our ideals, and enliven our vision of perfection.

WORD ORIGIN

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.

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