Meaning of “clue” in the English Dictionary

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"clue" in British English

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cluenoun [ C ]

uk /kluː/ us /kluː/

B2 a sign or some information that helps you to find the answer to a problem, question, or mystery:

Police are still looking for clues in their search for the missing girl.
I'm never going to guess the answer if you don't give me a clue.

More examples

  • The police found a vital clue to the girl's disappearance in a wooded area near her home.
  • Forensic scientists are going over the victim's flat in a search for clues about the murderer.
  • The police are collecting clues in order to piece together the details of the day she died.
  • He pored over the letter searching for clues about the writer.
  • The police tried to reconstruct the crime using the statements of witnesses and clues that they had found.

(Definition of “clue” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"clue" in American English

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cluenoun [ C ]

us /klu/

information that helps you to find the answer to a problem, question, or mystery:

For five months, Russell remained a fugitive, leaving no clues as to his whereabouts.

(Definition of “clue” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)