Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for clarify in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)


From French clarifier, from Latin clārificō, clārificāre; clārus (clear) + faciō, facere (make).


  • IPA(key): /ˈklæɹɪfaɪ/
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clarify (third-person singular simple present clarifies, present participle clarifying, simple past and past participle clarified)

  1. (of liquids, such as wine or syrup) To make clear or bright by freeing from feculent matter
  2. To make clear; to free from obscurities; to brighten or illuminate.
    • (Can we date this quote by South and provide title, author’s full name, and other details?)
      To clarify his reason, and to rectify his will.
  3. (ergative) To grow or become clear or transparent; to become free from feculent impurities, as wine or other liquid under clarification.
    Leave the wine for 24 hours and it will clarify.
  4. (ergative) To grow clear or bright; to clear up.
  5. (obsolete) To glorify.


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