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clue

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noun \ˈklü\

Simple Definition of clue

  • : 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. 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. 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


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clue

verb

Definition of clue

cluedclue·ing or clu·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to provide with a clue

  3. 2 :  to give reliable information to <he clued me in on how it happened>



1934

First Known Use of clue

1934




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