verb (used with object), clued, clu·ing.
- to provide with useful or reliable information: Clue us in on how these forms are to be filled out.
- to make familiar or aware: Has she been clued in about the rules of this office?
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Contemporary Examples of clue
A cynic might say that the report is like the movie Clue, perfectly set up for a multiplicity of endings.New York’s Conservative Fracking Ban
December 20, 2014
The worship that holds you for a few hours a week becomes, then, the clue to that deep truth inside.Joseph Campbell on the Roots of Halloween
October 31, 2014
Martin was up on some of the more difficult passages, but managed to guess the wrong character from the clue of “Hodor!”Amy Poehler and George R.R. Martin Play Game of ‘Game of Thrones’
October 29, 2014
Dusty books, smoking pipes, tarot cards, and a Ouija board fill the antique furniture positioning any object as a clue.Escape the Room—New York's Hottest Game
September 15, 2014
The complete and utter lack of compassion or a clue exhibited by these people is shameful in the extreme.The Psychology of Sex Slave Rings
August 31, 2014
Historical Examples of clue
These last furnished the clue to the behaviour of the crows.Birds of the Plains
After a frantic effort, I caught two words—‘Land,’ ‘America’—with positively no clue to their meaning.True Ghost Stories
Not until after the ceremony did I find the clue to the riddle.Abb Aubain and Mosaics
Would he think me very deceitful, I wondered, for giving Max that clue?Uncle Max
Rosa Nouchette Carey
The colors thus frequently give a clue to the age of pieces.The Ceramic Art
Jennie J. Young
- to be completely baffled
- to be completely ignorant or incompetent
verb clues, cluing or clued
Word Origin for clue
1590s, spelling variant of clew "a ball of thread or yarn," in this sense with reference to the one Theseus used as a guide out of the Labyrinth. The purely figurative sense of "that which points the way" is from 1620s. As something which a bewildered person does not have, by 1948.
"to inform someone of the important facts," usually with in, 1934, from clue (n.). Related: Clued; cluing. Earlier in now-obsolete sense of "follow or track by clues" (1660s). In nautical use, "to haul up (a sail) by means of the clue-lines," from clue (n.) in the "wound ball of yarn" sense.