from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. to explain; to dispel, as doubts, cares or fears.


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  • I look upon the proposition opisthotis = turtle's "occipital externe" = Perch's Rocher (Cuvier) as the one thing needful to clear up the unity of structure of the bony cranium; and it shall be counted unto me as a great sin if I have helped to keep you back from it.

    The Life and Letters of Thomas Henry Huxley

  • Daniel Freeman wrote to clear up my confusion about one-eyed jacks: The Jacks of Hearts and Spades are one-eyed, the Diamonds and Clubs both have two eyes.

    The Annotated "Doin' That Rag"

  • Nurse Banks and the scally began to clear up again.

    The Nursing Home Murder

  • In order to clear up his suspicions, he went into the Queen's closet, where the King then was, and after having stayed there some time came back to his wife, and whispered her, that he had just heard the Duke de Nemours was the person designed to go along with them to Spain.

    The Princess of Cleves

  • The benefits include the ability to clear up poor picture quality caused by “ghost” reflected images, or offer improved apparent resolution via line-doubling capabilities.

    The Movie Business Book, Third Edition

  • As for Lucas, he was left alone to clear up the Javel burglary, and was thoroughly disgruntled about it.

    Maigret in Montmartre

  • Another manner in which Emperor William displays his superstition, is his absolute refusal to permit any steps to be taken to clear up the mystery which has existed throughout this entire century in connection with the hunting chateau of Gruenewald, which, like the great palace at Berlin, is popularly believed to be haunted.

    The Secret Memoirs of the Courts of Europe

  • English still needed to talk with Tommie Leach to clear up the matter of whether the officers had identified themselves as they approached the group in the alley.

    Defending the Damned

  • And when it came to clear up the title to his holding, he would have had to write papers and fill out documents enough to load two pack-donkeys.

    In Those Days

  • We had her see an excellent psychiatrist, Dr. Robert Samuels, and she was given some new medication that seemed to clear up the delusions.



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