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"hint" in British English

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hintnoun

uk   /hɪnt/ 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   /hɪnt/ 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 save money
  • hint noun (SMALL AMOUNT)

[C usually sing] a small amount of something: It was the first cool day 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 European vacation after I graduate from college.
(Definition of hint from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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