faint Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"faint" in British English

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faintadjective

uk   us   /feɪnt/

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 ​everfinding him. She ​bears a faint ​resemblance to my ​sister. I have a faint suspicion that you may be ​right!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 don't have the faintest ​idea what you're ​talking about!
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faint adjective (UNWELL)

feel faint C2 to ​feelweak, as if you are about to ​becomeunconscious: She ​felt faint with ​hunger.

faintverb [I]

uk   us   /feɪnt/
B2 to ​suddenlybecomeunconscious for a ​shorttime, usually ​falling down: He faints at the ​sight of ​blood. I ​nearly fainted in the ​heat. She took one ​look at the ​hypodermicneedle and fainted (​dead) away (= ​becameunconsciousimmediately).
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faintnoun [S]

uk   us   /feɪnt/
the ​act of ​suddenlybecomingunconscious: On ​receiving the ​news, she fell into a ​dead faint.
(Definition of faint from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"faint" in American English

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faintverb [I]

 us   /feɪnt/

faint verb [I] (LOSE CONSCIOUSNESS)

to ​becomeunconscious unexpectedly for a ​shorttime: I ​nearly fainted from the ​heat.

faintadjective [-er/-est only]

 us   /feɪnt/

faint adjective [-er/-est only] (SLIGHT)

not ​strong or ​clear; ​slight: He ​walked along, ​guided only by the faint ​light of the ​moon.

faint adjective [-er/-est only] (WEAK)

very ​weak and ​nearlybecomingunconscious: He ​felt faint from ​hunger.
(Definition of faint from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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