v. clar·i·fied, clar·i·fy·ing, clar·i·fies
1. To make clear or easier to understand; elucidate: clarified her intentions.
2. To clear of confusion or uncertainty: clarify the mind.
3. To make clear by removing impurities or solid matter, as by heating gently or filtering: clarify butter.
To become clear.
[Middle English clarifien, from Old French clarifier, from Late Latin clārificāre : Latin clārus, clear; see CLEAR + Latin -ficāre, -fy.]
clar′i·fi·cation (-fĭ-kāshən) n.
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