"clearing" in the noun sense
1. clearing, glade
a tract of land with few or no trees in the middle of a wooded area
the act of freeing from suspicion
3. clearing, clarification
the act of removing solid particles from a liquid
"clearing" in the verb sense
1. unclutter, clear
rid of obstructions
"Clear your desk"
make a way or path by removing objects
"Clear a path through the dense forest"
3. clear up, clear, light up, brighten
"The sky cleared after the storm"
4. authorize, authorise, pass, clear
grant authorization or clearance for
"Clear the manuscript for publication"
"The rock star never authorized this slanderous biography"
"clear the leaves from the lawn"
"Clear snow from the road"
6. pass, clear
go unchallenged be approved
"The bill cleared the House"
be debited and credited to the proper bank accounts
"The check will clear within 2 business days"
go away or disappear
"The fog cleared in the afternoon"
9. clear, top
pass by, over, or under without making contact
"the balloon cleared the tree tops"
10. clear, clear up, shed light on, crystallize, crystallise, crystalize, crystalise, straighten out, sort out, enlighten, illuminate, elucidate
make free from confusion or ambiguity make clear
"Could you clarify these remarks?"
"Clear up the question of who is at fault"
free from payment of customs duties, as of a shipment
"Clear the ship and let it dock"
clear from impurities, blemishes, pollution, etc.
"clear the water before it can be drunk"
13. net, clear
yield as a net profit
"This sale netted me $1 million"
14. net, sack, sack up, clear
make as a net profit
"The company cleared $1 million"
15. gain, take in, clear, make, earn, realize, realise, pull in, bring in
earn on some commercial or business transaction earn as salary or wages
"How much do you make a month in your new job?"
"She earns a lot in her new job"
"this merger brought in lots of money"
"He clears $5,000 each month"
"We cleared a lot of the old model cars"
pass an inspection or receive authorization
18. acquit, assoil, clear, discharge, exonerate, exculpate
pronounce not guilty of criminal charges
"The suspect was cleared of the murder charges"
19. clear, solve
settle, as of a debt
"clear a debt"
"solve an old debt"
make clear, bright, light, or translucent
"The water had to be cleared through filtering"
rid of instructions or data
"clear a memory buffer"
remove (people) from a building
"clear the patrons from the theater after the bomb threat"
remove the occupants of
"Clear the building"
24. clear, clear up
free (the throat) by making a rasping sound
"Clear the throat"
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