clue

I UK [kluː] / US [klu] noun [countable]
Word forms "clue":
singular clue plural clues
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1)
a) an object or fact that someone discovers that helps them solve a crime or mystery
search for/look for/find a clue:

Detectives were brought in to help search for clues.

clue to/as to/about:

Police still have no clues as to the identity of the killer.

b) a piece of information that helps explain a situation or provide a solution to a problem
clue to/as to/about:

His expressionless face gave her no clue as to what he was thinking.

These writings provide clues to the crisis in Dickens' private life.


Collocations:
Verbs frequently used with clue as the object ▪  contain, give, hold, offer, provide, yield
2)
a) a word or phrase provided to help you find an answer in a crossword
b) a word or phrase that helps you to guess another word or phrase

"Know who I saw in town today?" "Give me a clue."


II UK [kluː] / US [klu] verb
Word forms "clue":
present tense I/you/we/they clue he/she/it clues present participle clueing past tense clued past participle clued
Phrasal verbs:

English dictionary. 2014.

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  • Clue — may refer to: Cluedo (known as Clue in North America), a crime fiction board game Clue (video game), based on the board game Clue (musical), based on the board game Clue (book series), based on the board game Clue (film), based on the board game… …   Wikipedia

  • Clue — (kl[=u]), n. [See {Clew}, n.] A ball of thread; a thread or other means of guidance. Same as {Clew}. [1913 Webster] You have wound a goodly clue. Shak. [1913 Webster] This clue once found unravels all the rest. Pope. [1913 Webster] Serve as clues …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • clue — ► NOUN ▪ a fact or piece of evidence that helps to clarify a mystery or solve a problem. ► VERB (clues, clued, clueing) (clue in) informal ▪ inform. ● not have a clue Cf. ↑not have a clue …   English terms dictionary

  • clue in — clue (someone) in to give someone information they need or want. I asked David to clue us in on what needed to be done first. He hung the painting to clue in visitors that this was a different kind of place …   New idioms dictionary

  • clue — clue; clue·less; clue·less·ly; …   English syllables

  • clue — [n] hint, evidence cue, dead giveaway*, hot lead*, indication, inkling, intimation, key, lead, mark, notion, pointer, print, proof, sign, solution, suggestion, suspicion, telltale, tip, tip off*, trace, track, wind; concept 274 clue [v] give… …   New thesaurus

  • clue — [klo͞o] n. [var. of CLEW] something that leads out of a perplexity; esp., a fact or object that helps to solve a problem or mystery vt. clued, cluing 1. to indicate by or as by a clue ☆ 2. Informal to provide with the necessary information: often …   English World dictionary

  • clue — I noun data, evidence, finding, guide, hint, idea, index, indication, indicator, information, inkling, insinuation, intimation, key, lead, mark, reason to believe, scent, sign, signal, token II index catchword, hint (noun), hint (verb), indicant …   Law dictionary

  • clue — [kly] n. f. ÉTYM. 1956; mot provençal, de même origine que cluse. ❖ ♦ Géogr. et régional (rare). Cluse en canyon. || Les clues de Haute Provence …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Clue — clue, cluse, cluso nf enceinte fermée par des rochers escarpés; gorge fermée; passage resserré …   Glossaire des noms topographiques en France

  • Clue — trademark the US name for the game ↑Cluedo …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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