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Definition of hint noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1something that you say or do in an indirect way in order to show someone what you are thinking He gave a broad hint (= one that was obvious) that he was thinking of retiring. Should Idrop a hint (= give a hint ) to Matt? He resented any hint that he might be to blame.
  2. 2something that suggests what will happen in the future synonym sign At the first hint of trouble, they left. The opening scene gives us a hint of things to come.
  3. 3[usually singular] hint (of something) a small amount of something synonym suggestion synonym trace a hint of a smile There was more than a hint of sadness in his voice. The walls were painted white with a hint of peach. Gail searched his face for the slightest hint of regret.
  4. 4[usually plural] hint (on something) a small piece of practical information or advice synonym tip handy hints on saving money The teacher's book gives useful hints on how to develop reading skills.
  5. Idioms
    take a/the hint
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    to understand what someone wants you to do even though they tell you in an indirect way I thought they'd never go—some people just can't take a hint. Sarah hoped he'd take the hint and leave her alone.
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