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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 The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.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).



clarify (third-person singular simple present clarifies, present participle clarifying, simple past and past participle clarified)

  1. To make clear or bright by freeing from feculent matter; to defecate; to fine; -- said of liquids, as wine or syrup.
    • (Can we date this quote?) Ure:
      Boiled and clarified.
  2. To make clear; to free from obscurities; to brighten or illuminate.
    • (Can we date this quote?) South:
      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.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Wyclif Bible, John ii. 28 to this entry?)