A trade is carried out by the seller delivering securities and the buyer delivering funds in proper form. A trade that does not clear is said to fail. The New York Times Financial Glossary

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clear clear [klɪə ǁ klɪr] verb [transitive]
1. to give permission for a product to be sold or for a deal to be made:

• The drug has been cleared by the Food and Drug Administration.

• Venezuela's congress cleared the sale of the state telephone company CANTV.

2. BANKING FINANCE clear trades/​transactions to make payments relating to trading on financial markets or trading of goods:

• About 1,000 small brokerage firms are using the company to clear and settle their trades.

• It takes ages for the banks here to clear transactions and it's very expensive.

3. BANKING clear a cheque if a bank clears a cheque, or if a cheque clears, the money is sent from one bank to another and the cheque is paid:

• The fraud relied on managers returning money before the original cheque had cleared.

4. COMMERCE clear something through Customs/​clear Customs to be allowed to take things through Customs:

• Bribery is needed to get goods cleared through customs.

• They cleared customs, but never boarded their flight.

5. FINANCE clear a debt to pay a debt in full:

• The Ivory Coast cleared its debts of $42m.

6. informal to earn a particular amount of money, or to make a particular amount of profit:

• Diane clears £20,000 a year.

7. COMMERCE to sell goods cheaply in order to get rid of them:

• We need to clear the old stock before we can bring in this season's range of products.

clear something → out phrasal verb [transitive] COMMERCE
to sell goods cheaply in order to get rid of them:

• Ford is offering discounts in order to clear out last year's models.

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clear UK US /klɪər/ verb
[T] FINANCE if you clear a debt, you pay back all of the money that you owe: »

Customers should consider clearing their overdrafts and credit card debt before applying for a home loan.


By cutting costs and scaling back production, the company managed to clear its debts in under two years.

[T] INFORMAL FINANCE to have a particular sum of money left from the amount you have earned after taxes, etc. have been taken out: »

A city police officer clears about $1,300 every other week.

[T] ACCOUNTING to have a particular amount of money as profit: »

After operating expenses, the resort group cleared $546 million.

[I or T] BANKING if a cheque or payment clears, or if a bank clears it, money is available because it has been successfully paid from one bank to another: »

You will not be able to withdraw funds until the bank has cleared your cheque.


International wire transfers may take several business days to clear.

[T] FINANCE to arrange for shares and money to be exchanged at the end of a day of trading on a financial market
[T] to give or get official permission for something: clear sth with sb »

Make sure you clear the budget with you boss first.

be cleared for sth »

Passenger flights outbound from the airport are often cleared for take off only 60 seconds apart.

be cleared by sb/sth »

Employees were cleared by security before they were allowed into the building.


clear a proposal/deal/plan

[T] LAW to prove that someone is not guilty of something: clear sb of sth »

An independent review has cleared the company of all charges of fraud.


Accused of professional misconduct, he was eventually able to clear his name.

[T] COMMERCE to sell products at a cheap price in order to get rid of them: »

Bob's Auto Dealers is having a huge sale to clear its inventory of last year's trucks.

clear customs — Cf. clear customs
clear your desk — Cf. clear your desk
clear your schedule/diary/calendar — Cf. clear your schedule/diary/calendar

Financial and business terms. 2012.


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