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faint

adjective uk   /feɪnt/ us  

faint adjective (SLIGHT)

B2 not strong or clear; slight: a faint sound/noise/smell The lamp gave out a faint glow. She gave me a faint smile of recognition. There's not the faintest hope of ever finding him. She bears a faint resemblance to my sister. I have a faint suspicion that you may be right!Weakness and vulnerability not have the faintest idea C2 informal used to emphasize that you do not know something: "Is she going to stay?" "I haven't the faintest idea." I haven't the faintest idea what you're talking about!Unaware

faint adjective (UNWELL)

feel faint C2 to feel weak, as if you are about to become unconscious: She felt faint with hunger.Losing consciousness

faint

verb [I] uk   /feɪnt/ us  
B2 to suddenly become unconscious for a short time, usually falling down: He faints at the sight of blood. I nearly fainted in the heat. She took one look at the hypodermic needle and fainted (dead) away (= became unconscious immediately).Losing consciousness

faint

noun [S] uk   /feɪnt/ us  
the act of suddenly becoming unconscious: On receiving the news, she fell into a dead faint.Losing consciousness
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