clue


1clue

noun \ˈklü\

: something that helps a person find something, understand something, or solve a mystery or puzzle

: an understanding of something : knowledge about something

Full Definition of CLUE

1
:  something that guides through an intricate procedure or maze of difficulties; specifically :  a piece of evidence that leads one toward the solution of a problem
2
:  idea, notion <had no clue what he meant>

Examples of CLUE

  1. The book gives the reader plenty of clues to solve the mystery.
  2. Science gives us clues about the origin of the universe.
  3. Guess who I met today. Can you give me a clue?
  4. It gives a clue as to how to proceed.

Origin of CLUE

alteration of clew
First Known Use: 1596

2clue

verb
cluedclue·ing or clu·ing

Definition of CLUE

transitive verb
1
:  to provide with a clue
2
:  to give reliable information to <he clued me in on how it happened>

First Known Use of CLUE

1934

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