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clarifying

[ klar-uh-fahy ]SEE DEFINITION OF clarifying
  • verbexplain, make clear
  • verbpurify

Synonyms for clarifying

  • analyze
  • clear up
  • define
  • formulate
  • interpret
  • resolve
  • simplify
  • spell out
  • delineate
  • elucidate
  • illuminate
  • illustrate
  • settle
  • break down
  • draw a picture
  • make perfectly clear
  • make plain
  • shed light on
  • straighten out
  • throw light on
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Antonyms for clarifying

  • complicate
  • confuse
  • question
  • mix up
  • obscure
  • dirty
  • muddle
  • muddy
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR CLARIFYING

Nor did he it so much for clarifying phisicke, as to saue charges.

It is also used for clarifying coffee, beer and other drinks.

Yet this will ordinarily be confusing rather than clarifying to an exact scholar.

A radiant effulgence of light was around us, clarifying, growing.

As he paused again, looking at them, he saw it all with a clarifying simplicity.

It is also extensively used for clarifying liquors, and for many other purposes connected with the arts and everyday life.

Clarifying his thoughts, Peter tried first to see where his duty lay.

Northwick felt almost a glow of pride in clarifying this point to his reason.

And it will be a good thing for you both to have the time for clarifying your ideas.

No, simply the clarifying of the thoughts that had been puzzling me.

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.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR CLARIFYING

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