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hint

noun uk   /hɪnt/ us  

hint noun (INDIRECT STATEMENT)

B2 [C] something that you say or do that shows, but not directly, what you think or want: [+ 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!

hint noun (ADVICE)

B2 [C] a piece of advice that helps you to do something: Could you give us a hint about how to do this exercise, please? This recipe book is full of handy (= useful) hints.

hint noun (SMALL AMOUNT)

C2 [C usually singular] a very small amount of something: There's just a hint of brandy in the sauce. I detected a hint of doubt in his voice.

hint

verb [I] uk   /hɪnt/ us  
to say or do something that shows, but not directly, what you think or want: [+ (that)] Mum's hinted (that) she might pay for my trip to Mexico. He's hinted at the possibility of moving to America.
(Definition of hint from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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