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clar·i·fy

clarify

 
 
pronunciation:
klae rih faI
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part of speech: verb
inflections: clarifies, clarifying, clarified
definition: to make easier to understand; make clear.
She drew a map to clarify the directions.
synonyms:
explain
similar words:
account, analyze, clear, demonstrate, describe, disclose, get across, illuminate, interpret, resolve, show
derivations: clarification (n.), clarifier (n.)
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The word clarify contains the following part:
-fy, -ify, -efy Latin verb-forming suffix that means make, cause to be, become
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The suffix group -fy , -ify , -efy forms verbs from primarily Latin bases. When -ify attaches to an English base, the base is an adjective (uglify, Frenchify) or noun (citify, zombify) usually having one syllable or two syllables ending in |i|. Verbs ending in -fy have corresponding noun forms ending in -ion: as a rule, -ify becomes -ification (verify , verification); -efy becomes -efaction (putrefy, putrefaction). See also fac, fic, fec, fact, fect.