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1 a slight or indirect pointing to something (as a solution or explanation)
  • can't you give me some hint as to where you're 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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Synonyms & Antonyms of hint (Entry 2 of 2)

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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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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“Hint.” The Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 14 December 2019.

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