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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [kleer-ing]
    • /ˈklɪər ɪŋ/
    • /ˈklɪə.rɪŋ/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [kleer-ing]
    • /ˈklɪər ɪŋ/

Definitions of clearing word

  • countable noun clearing A clearing is a small area in a forest where there are no trees or bushes. 3
  • noun clearing an area with few or no trees or shrubs in wooded or overgrown land 3
  • noun clearing a making clear or being cleared 3
  • noun clearing an area of land cleared of trees 3
  • noun clearing the exchanging of checks, etc. and balancing of accounts between banks 3
  • noun clearing the procedure for doing this 3

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Origin of clearing

First appearance:

before 1350
One of the 20% oldest English words
First recorded in 1350-1400, clearing is from the Middle English word clering. See clear, -ing1

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Parts of speech for Clearing


clearing popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 95% 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".

clearing usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for clearing

noun clearing

  • clearance — Clearance is the removal of old buildings, trees, or other things that are not wanted from an area.
  • opening — an open or clear space.
  • dell — A dell is a small valley which has trees growing in it.
  • glade — an open space in a forest.
  • gap — a department in SE France. 2179 sq. mi. (5645 sq. km). Capital: Gap.

adjective clearing

  • realising — to grasp or understand clearly.
  • realizing — to grasp or understand clearly.

Antonyms for clearing

noun clearing

  • closure — The closure of a place such as a business or factory is the permanent ending of the work or activity there.

Top questions with clearing

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