Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To make clear or easier to understand; elucidate: clarified her intentions.
  • transitive v. To clear of confusion or uncertainty: clarify the mind.
  • transitive v. To make clear by removing impurities or solid matter, as by heating gently or filtering: clarify butter.
  • intransitive v. To become clear.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To make clear or bright by freeing from feculent matter; to defecate; to fine; -- said of liquids, as wine or syrup.
  • v. To make clear; to free from obscurities; to brighten or illuminate.
  • v. To grow or become clear or transparent; to become free from feculent impurities, as wine or other liquid under clarification.
  • v. To grow clear or bright; to clear up.
  • v. To glorify.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To make clear or bright by freeing from feculent matter; to defecate; to fine; -- said of liquids, as wine or sirup.
  • transitive v. To make clear; to free from obscurities; to brighten or illuminate.
  • transitive v. To glorify.
  • intransitive v. To grow or become clear or transparent; to become free from feculent impurities, as wine or other liquid under clarification.
  • intransitive v. To grow clear or bright; to clear up.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To glorify.
  • To make clear; especially, purify from feculent matter; defecate; fine: applied particularly to liquors: as, to clarify wine or saccharine syrup. See clarification.
  • To brighten; purify; make clear, in a figurative sense; free from obscurities or defects; render luminous; render intelligent or intelligible.
  • To grow or become clear or free from feculent matter; become pure, as liquors: as, cider clarifies by fermentation.
  • To become clear intellectually; grow clear or perspicuous.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. make clear by removing impurities or solids, as by heating
  • v. make clear and (more) comprehensible

Etymologies

Middle English clarifien, from Old French clarifier, from Late Latin clārificāre : Latin clārus, clear; see clear + Latin -ficāre, -fy.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French clarifier, from Latin clarificare; clarus ("clear") + facere ("make"). (Wiktionary)

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