Meaning of “hint” in the English Dictionary

"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.

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)