Synonyms & Antonyms of hint

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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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How is the word hint distinct from other similar verbs?

Some common synonyms of hint are imply, insinuate, intimate, and suggest. While all these words mean "to convey an idea indirectly," hint implies the use of slight or remote suggestion with a minimum of overt statement.

hinted that she might get the job

How are the words imply and suggest related as synonyms of hint?

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

When is insinuate a more appropriate choice than hint?

The meanings of insinuate and hint largely overlap; however, insinuate applies to the conveying of a usually unpleasant idea in a sly underhanded manner.

insinuated that there were shady dealings

When might intimate be a better fit than hint?

The words intimate and hint can be used in similar contexts, but intimate stresses delicacy of suggestion without connoting any lack of candor.

intimates that there is more to the situation than meets the eye

In what contexts can suggest take the place of hint?

While in some cases nearly identical to hint, 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

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“Hint.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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