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Prune is a synonym of clarify.


In obsolete|lang=en terms the difference between prune and clarify

is that prune is (obsolete) to preen; to prepare; to dress while clarify is (obsolete) to glorify.

As verbs the difference between prune and clarify

is that prune is to remove excess material from a tree or shrub; to trim, especially to make more healthy or productive while clarify is to make clear or bright by freeing from feculent matter; to defecate; to fine; -- said of liquids, as wine or syrup.

As a noun prune

is (obsolete) a plum.

prune

English

(wikipedia prune)

Etymology 1

From (etyl) prune, from (etyl) , a loanword from a language of Asia Minor.

Noun

(en noun)
  • (obsolete) A plum.
  • The dried, wrinkled fruit of certain species of plum.
  • (slang) An old woman, especially a wrinkly one.
  • Synonyms
    * see
    Derived terms
    * German prune * prune tree * pruney * South African prune

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl) 'to round-off the front'.

    Verb

    (prun)
  • To remove excess material from a tree or shrub; to trim, especially to make more healthy or productive.
  • A good grape grower will prune his vines once a year.
  • * Milton
  • Our delightful task / To prune these growing plants, and tend these flowers.
  • (figuratively) To cut down or shorten (by the removal of unnecessary material).
  • to prune a budget, or an essay
  • * Francis Bacon
  • taking into consideration how they [laws] are to be pruned and reformed
  • (obsolete) To preen; to prepare; to dress.
  • * Shakespeare
  • His royal bird / Prunes the immortal wing and cloys his beak.
    (Dryden)
    (Spenser)
    Derived terms
    * (l) * (l)

    Anagrams

    * ----

    clarify

    English

    (Webster 1913)

    Verb

    (en-verb)
  • To make clear or bright by freeing from feculent matter; to defecate; to fine; -- said of liquids, as wine or syrup.
  • * (rfdate) Ure:
  • Boiled and clarified .
  • To make clear; to free from obscurities; to brighten or illuminate.
  • * (rfdate) South:
  • To clarify his reason, and to rectify his will.
  • (ergative) To grow or become clear or transparent; to become free from feculent impurities, as wine or other liquid under clarification.
  • * Leave the wine for 24 hours and it will clarify .
  • (ergative) To grow clear or bright; to clear up.
  • (obsolete) To glorify.