verb (used with object), clar·i·fied, clar·i·fy·ing.
- to make (an idea, statement, etc.) clear or intelligible; to free from ambiguity.
- to remove solid matter from (a liquid); to make into a clear or pellucid liquid.
- to free (the mind, intelligence, etc.) from confusion; revive: The short nap clarified his thoughts.
verb (used without object), clar·i·fied, clar·i·fy·ing.
- to become clear, pure, or intelligible: The political situation clarified.
verb -fies, -fying or -fied
- to make or become clear or easy to understand
- to make or become free of impurities
- to make (fat, butter, etc) clear by heating, etc, or (of fat, etc) to become clear as a result of such a process
early 14c., “make illustrious, make known,” from Old French clarifiier “clarify, make clear, explain” (12c.), from Late Latin clarificare “to make clear,” also “to glorify,” from Latin clarificus “brilliant,” from clarus “clear, distinct” (see (adj.)) + root of facere “to make, do” (see ).
Meaning “make clear, purify” is from early 15c. in English; intransitive sense of “grow or become clear” is from 1590s. Figurative sense of “to free from obscurity” is from 1823. Related: Clarified; clarifying.