clearly

clear, clearly
The grammatical situation is similar to that in the preceding entry, with clear available as an adverb in two principal meanings, (1) ‘completely’ (They got clear away), (2) ‘in a clear manner, with clear effect’ (They spoke out loud and clear). In this last use, it should be pointed out that clear, like loud, is used as a semi-adjective; but it is usually reckoned to be an adverb, as it is in a number of fixed expressions such as keep clear, stand clear, stay clear, and steer clear. Clearly is an adverb of manner, and can sometimes be used instead of clear in meaning (2): They spoke out loudly and clearly / The author writes clearly and concisely. It is also used figuratively, often as a sentence adverb:

• These people clearly have a more pressing problem —R. Leggatt, 2001.


Modern English usage. 2014.

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  • Clearly — Clear ly, adv. In a clear manner. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • clearly — c.1300, of vision and speech, from CLEAR (Cf. clear) + LY (Cf. ly) (2). Meaning evidently is from 1560s; as a parenthetical expression in argument, it is clear, recorded from 1867 …   Etymology dictionary

  • clearly — [adv] without any doubt acutely, apparently, audibly, beyond doubt, certainly, conspicuously, decidedly, definitely, discernibly, distinctly, evidently, incontestably, incontrovertibly, indubitably, lucidly, manifestly, markedly, noticeably,… …   New thesaurus

  • clearly — ► ADVERB 1) with clarity. 2) obviously; without doubt …   English terms dictionary

  • clearly — adverb 1) write clearly Syn: intelligibly, plainly, distinctly, comprehensibly, with clarity; legibly, audibly; formal perspicuously 2) clearly, substantial changes are needed Syn: obviously, evidently, patently …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • clearly — /klear lee/, adv. 1. in a clear manner: It is difficult to explain complex matters clearly. 2. without equivocation; decidedly: It is clearly out of the question to drop the case. [1250 1300; ME clerli. See CLEAR, LY] Syn. 1. plainly,… …   Universalium

  • clearly — clear|ly [ klırli ] adverb *** 1. ) used for showing that what you are saying is true and that most people will realize this: OBVIOUSLY: Both companies clearly like to do things their own way. Clearly we wouldn t want to upset anyone. 2. ) in a… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • clearly */*/*/ — UK [ˈklɪə(r)lɪ] / US [ˈklɪrlɪ] adverb 1) used for showing that what you are saying is true and that most people will realize this Both companies clearly like to do things their own way. Clearly we wouldn t want to upset anyone. 2) a) in a way… …   English dictionary

  • clearly*/*/*/ — [ˈklɪəli] adv 1) used for emphasizing that what you are saying is true Syn: obviously Both companies clearly like to do things their own way.[/ex] Clearly we wouldn t want to upset anyone.[/ex] 2) in a way that people can easily see, hear, or… …   Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • clearly — clear|ly W1S1 [ˈklıəli US ˈklırli] adv 1.) [sentence adverb] without any doubt = ↑obviously ▪ Clearly, ignoring him had been a mistake. 2.) in a way that is easy to see, hear, or understand ▪ Please speak clearly. ▪ The economy was clearly… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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