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English definition of “faint”

faint

adjective (SLIGHT)    /feɪnt/
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 ever finding him. She bears a faint resemblance to my sister . I have a faint suspicion that you may be right !Weakness and vulnerability 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 haven't the faintest idea what you're talking about!Unaware
(Definition of faint adjective (SLIGHT) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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