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- (transitive) To clarify, to correct a misconception.
- (intransitive) To depart or disappear.
- All of their symptoms cleared up after the mold was removed.
- (intransitive, of skin or medical images) To become free of certain blemishes.
- With the new cleanser, his skin cleared up in two weeks.
- His lung X-rays cleared up after they moved to Arizona.
- (intransitive) Of stormy weather, to dissipate, to become calm.
- 1731 (date written, published 1745), Jonathan Swift, “Directions to Servants”, in Thomas Sheridan and John Nichols, editors, The Works of the Rev. Jonathan Swift, […], volume XVI, new edition, London: […] J[oseph] Johnson, […], published 1801, OCLC 1184656746:
- Advise him to stay a little longer till the weather clears up.
- (UK, transitive, intransitive) To clean up.
- 2019 October, Ian Walmsley, “Cleaning up”, in Modern Railways, page 43:
- Accepting that incidents will always happen, what then matters is how quickly we can clear up the mess, something British Rail was better at. [...] I would turn up as quickly as possible in the on-call Hillman Avenger and assess how quickly we could clear up.
- (snooker, billiards, intransitive) To pot all of the remaining balls in a single turn.
of stormy weather: dissipate, become calm
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