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hint

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1 a slight or indirect pointing to something (as a solution or explanation)

  • canʼt you give me some hint as to where youʼre taking me?
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2 an almost imperceptible sign of something

  • there was the slightest hint of scorn in her voice
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3 a piece of advice or useful information especially from an expert

  • some helpful hints for cleaning carpet stains
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hint

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to convey an idea indirectly

  • kept hinting that she wouldn't mind an invitation to spend the weekend at their beach house
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Synonym Discussion of hint

suggest, imply, hint, intimate, insinuate mean to convey an idea indirectly. suggest may stress putting into the mind by association of ideas, awakening of a desire, or initiating a train of thought.
    • a film title that suggests its subject matter
imply is close to suggest but may indicate a more definite or logical relation of the unexpressed idea to the expressed.
    • measures implying that bankruptcy was imminent
hint implies the use of slight or remote suggestion with a minimum of overt statement.
    • hinted that she might get the job
intimate stresses delicacy of suggestion without connoting any lack of candor.
    • intimates that there is more to the situation than meets the eye
insinuate applies to the conveying of a usually unpleasant idea in a sly underhanded manner.
    • insinuated that there were shady dealings


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