EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR CLEARED
The weather, which had looked threatening all day, cleared off this evening.
Jeff cleared his throat and looked about with foolish importance.
When it has been reheated, the cleared stock will be ready to serve.
Garson cleared his throat with difficulty, and his voice was thick.
He cleared the room, and took up his vigil outside the door.
The mists had now cleared off, and we were promised a superb day.
"Yesterday mornin'—" Jim's voice broke, and he cleared his throat.
Meantime the weather had cleared, and all the vessels but one had gone from the inlet.
He tugged at his collar as if to breathe the easier, cleared his throat and began again.
Mr Verloc cleared his throat, but his heart failed him, and he said nothing.
late 13c., "bright," from Old French cler "clear" (of sight and hearing), "light, bright, shining; sparse" (12c., Modern French clair), from Latin clarus "clear, loud," of sounds; figuratively "manifest, plain, evident," in transferred use, of sights, "bright, distinct;" also "illustrious, famous, glorious" (source of Italian chiaro, Spanish claro), from PIE *kle-ro-, from root *kele- (2) "to shout" (see claim (v.)).
The sense evolution involves an identification of the spreading of sound and the spreading of light (cf. English loud, used of colors; German hell "clear, bright, shining," of pitch, "distinct, ringing, high"). Of complexion, from c.1300; of the weather, from late 14c.; of meanings or explanations, "manifest to the mind, comprehensible," c.1300. (An Old English word for this was sweotol "distinct, clear, evident.") Sense of "free from encumbrance," apparently nautical, developed c.1500. Phrase in the clear attested from 1715. Clear-sighted is from 1580s (clear-eyed is from 1529s); clear-headed is from 1709.