Definition of hint verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

hint

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verb
BrE BrE//hɪnt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//hɪnt//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they hint
BrE BrE//hɪnt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//hɪnt//
 
he / she / it hints
BrE BrE//hɪnts//
 
; NAmE NAmE//hɪnts//
 
past simple hinted
BrE BrE//ˈhɪntɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈhɪntɪd//
 
past participle hinted
BrE BrE//ˈhɪntɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈhɪntɪd//
 
-ing form hinting
BrE BrE//ˈhɪntɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈhɪntɪŋ//
 
 
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[intransitive, transitive] to suggest something in an indirect way hint at something What are you hinting at? hint (that)… They hinted (that) there might be more job losses. + speech ‘I might know something about it,’ he hinted. Word Origin early 17th cent. (in the sense ‘occasion, opportunity’): apparently from obsolete hent ‘grasp, get hold of’, from Old English hentan, of Germanic origin; related to hunt. The basic notion is “something that may be taken advantage of”.Extra examples He hinted strongly that he would be resigning soon. She even hinted that she might resign. She hinted darkly that all was not well. The problems are only hinted at in the report.
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