clear the air

clear the A·ïr
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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [kleer stressed th ee ah-eer]
    • /klɪər stressed ði ˈɑ ɪər/
    • /klɪə(r) ðə eə(r)/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [kleer stressed th ee ah-eer]
    • /klɪər stressed ði ˈɑ ɪər/

Definitions of clear the air words

  • noun clear the air to rid a situation of tension or discord by settling misunderstandings, etc 3
  • noun clear the air to get rid of emotional tensions, misunderstandings, etc. 3
  • noun clear the air a mixture of nitrogen, oxygen, and minute amounts of other gases that surrounds the earth and forms its atmosphere. 1
  • noun clear the air a stir in the atmosphere; a light breeze. 1
  • noun clear the air overhead space; sky: The planes filled the air. 1
  • noun clear the air circulation; publication; publicity: to give air to one's theories. 1

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Origin of clear the air

First appearance:

before 1150
One of the 7% oldest English words
1150-1200; Middle English eir < Old French air < Latin āēr- (accusative āerem) < Greek āer- (stem of āḗr) the lower atmosphere; conflated with (especially for defs 4, 5) French air, Old French aire nature, character < Latin ager field (cf. acre) and ārea threshing floor, clearing, area; and with (for def 7) French air < Italian aria aria

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Parts of speech for Clear the air


clear the air popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 99% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

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Synonyms for clear the air

verb clear the air

  • clarify — To clarify something means to make it easier to understand, usually by explaining it in more detail.
  • decipher — to determine the meaning of (something obscure or illegible)
  • define — to describe the nature, properties, or essential qualities of
  • interpret — to give or provide the meaning of; explain; explicate; elucidate: to interpret the hidden meaning of a parable.
  • show — to cause or allow to be seen; exhibit; display.

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