hint

hint
[[t]hɪ̱nt[/t]]
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hints, hinting, hinted
1) N-COUNT: oft N that A hint is a suggestion about something that is made in an indirect way.

The Minister gave a strong hint that the government were thinking of introducing tax concessions for mothers...

I'd dropped a hint about having an exhibition of his work up here...

The statement gave no hint as to what the measures would be.

PHRASE: V inflects If you take a hint, you understand something that is suggested to you indirectly.

`I think I hear the telephone ringing.' - `Okay, I can take a hint.'

2) VERB If you hint at something, you suggest it in an indirect way.

[V at n] She suggested a trip to the shops and hinted at the possibility of a treat of some sort...

[V at n] Criticism is hinted at, but never made explicit...

[V that] Was he hinting that there could be some connection between drugs and Ian's disappearance?...

[V that] The President hinted he might make some changes in the government.

3) N-COUNT: usu supp N A hint is a helpful piece of advice, usually about how to do something.

Here are some helpful hints to make your journey easier...

I'm hoping to get some fashion hints.

Syn:
4) N-SING: N of n A hint of something is a very small amount of it.

She added only a hint of vermouth to the gin...

I glanced at her and saw no hint of irony on her face.

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  • hint — [hint] n. [prob. var. of HENT] 1. a slight indication of a fact, wish, etc.; indirect suggestion or piece of advice; intimation; covert allusion [a hint that we should leave] 2. a very small amount or degree; trace [a hint of spice] 3. Obs. an… …   English World dictionary

  • hint at — To give a hint, suggestion, or indication of • • • Main Entry: ↑hint * * * hint at [phrasal verb] hint at (something) : to talk about (something) in an indirect way He s been hinting at the possibility of running for mayor. = He s been hinting at …   Useful english dictionary

  • Hint — (h[i^]nt), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Hinted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Hinting}.] [OE. henten, hinten, to seize, to catch, AS. hentan to pursue, take, seize; or Icel. ymta to mutter, ymtr a muttering, Dan. ymte to whisper. [root]36. Cf. {Hent}.] To bring to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Hint — Hint, v. i. To make an indirect reference, suggestion, or allusion; to allude vaguely to something. [1913 Webster] We whisper, and hint, and chuckle. Tennyson. [1913 Webster] {To hint at}, to allude to lightly, indirectly, or cautiously. Syn: To… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Hint — Hint, n. A remote allusion; slight mention; intimation; insinuation; a suggestion or reminder, without a full declaration or explanation; also, an occasion or motive. [1913 Webster] Our hint of woe Is common. Shak. [1913 Webster] The hint… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Hint — can refer to: *Hardware Information Navigational Tool (HINT) *Hierarchical INTegration, a computer benchmark. *Hint (musician), musician Jonathan James, from Sussex, UK. *Font hinting, a process for optimizing the rasterization of vectors *Nord… …   Wikipedia

  • hint — hint·er; hint·ing·ly; hint; …   English syllables

  • hint — [n] indication; suggestion adumbration, advice, allusion, announcement, clue, communication, connotation, denotation, evidence, flea in ear*, glimmering, help, idea, implication, impression, inference, information, inkling, innuendo, insinuation …   New thesaurus

  • hint — sb. (itk.), s el. hint, ene (hentydning) …   Dansk ordbog

  • hint — ► NOUN 1) a slight or indirect indication. 2) a very small trace. 3) a small piece of practical information. ► VERB 1) indicate indirectly. 2) (hint at) be a slight indication of …   English terms dictionary

  • hint — I noun adumbration, allusion, clue, connotation, covert allusion, cue, faint outline, faint suggestion, foreshadowing, idea, implication, indication, indirect suggestion, inference, inkling, insinuation, intimation, significatio, slight… …   Law dictionary

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