Definition of Clear up

1. Verb. Make clear and (more) comprehensible. "Clarify the mystery surrounding her death"

2. Verb. Finish a task completely. "I finally got through this homework assignment"
Exact synonyms: Finish Off, Finish Up, Get Through, Mop Up, Polish Off, Wrap Up
Generic synonyms: Complete, Finish
Specialized synonyms: Cap Off
Derivative terms: Mop Up

3. Verb. Free (the throat) by making a rasping sound. "Clear the throat"
Exact synonyms: Clear
Generic synonyms: Remove, Take, Take Away, Withdraw

4. Verb. Become clear. "The sky cleared after the storm"
Exact synonyms: Brighten, Clear, Light Up
Antonyms: Overcast

5. Verb. Make free from confusion or ambiguity; make clear. "Clear up the question of who is at fault"

Definition of Clear up

1. Verb. (transitive) To clarify, to correct a misconception. ¹

2. Verb. (intransitive) Of stormy weather, to dissipate, to become calm. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Clear Up

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clear ice
clear layer of epidermis
clear liquid diet
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clear one's lines
clear one's throat
clear out
clear round
clear sailing
clear someone's name
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clear view screen
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Literary usage of Clear up

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1. Notes and Queries by Martim de Albuquerque (1861)
"408), will clear up his difficulty. " On Feb. 16, 1720, died the Secretary of State, James Craggs, jun. ; a man of bright genius and of lively parts ..."

2. The Public Records of the Colony of Connecticut [1636-1776] by Connecticut, Connecticut General Assembly, Connecticut Council, James Hammond Trumbull, Connecticut Council of Safety, Charles Jeremy Hoadly (1874)
"... and they were now able to clear up that matter of fact fully ; and thereupon praying this Assembly to grant them another tryal of the action at the ..."

3. Appletons' Annual Cyclopædia and Register of Important Events of the Year (1872)
""When the exchequer borrowed 80 millions to clear up the floating debt of that war consols fell to 90, and the loan was taken at the equivalent of 87| on ..."

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