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Meaning of “hint” in the English Dictionary

"hint" in British English

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hintnoun

uk   us   /hɪnt/
  • hint noun (INDIRECT STATEMENT)

B2 [C] something that you say or do that ​shows what you ​think or ​want, usually in a way that is not ​direct: [+ that] He's dropped (= given) several hints to the ​boss that he'll ​quit if he doesn't get a ​promotion. Did she give you any hints about where she was going? You can't take (= ​understand) a hint, can you? Just go away and ​leave me ​alone!

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hintverb [I]

uk   us   /hɪnt/
to say or do something that ​shows what you ​think or ​want, usually in a way that is not ​direct: [+ (that)] Mum's hinted (that) she might ​pay for my ​trip to Mexico. He's hinted at the ​possibility of ​moving to Canada.

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

"hint" in American English

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hintnoun

 us   /hɪnt/
  • hint noun (INDIRECT STATEMENT)

[C] a ​statement or ​action that ​suggests what you ​think or ​want in an ​indirect way: [+ that clause] When he ​yawned and ​looked at his ​watch, I took it as a hint that we should ​leave. [C] A hint is also a ​piece of ​advice that ​helps you to do something: hints on ​ways to ​savemoney
  • hint noun (SMALL AMOUNT)

[C usually sing] a ​smallamount of something: It was the first ​coolday of ​September, and there was a hint of ​autumn in the ​air.

hintverb [I/T]

 /hɪnt/
  • hint verb [I/T] (SAY INDIRECTLY)

to say or do something that ​shows in an ​indirect way what you ​think or ​want: [+ that clause] My ​parents have hinted that they’ll ​pay for a ​Europeanvacation after I ​graduate from ​college.
(Definition of hint from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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