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clue

[ kloo ]
/ klu /
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noun

anything that serves to guide or direct in the solution of a problem, mystery, etc.

verb (used with object), clued, clu·ing.

to direct or point out by a clue.

Verb Phrases

clue in,
  1. to provide with useful or reliable information: Clue us in on how these forms are to be filled out.
  2. to make familiar or aware: Has she been clued in about the rules of this office?

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Origin of clue

Variant spelling of clew
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British Dictionary definitions for clue

clue
/ (kluː) /

noun

something that helps to solve a problem or unravel a mystery
not to have a clue
  1. to be completely baffled
  2. to be completely ignorant or incompetent

verb clues, cluing or clued

(tr; usually foll by in or up) to provide with helpful information

noun, verb

a variant spelling of clew
C15: variant of clew
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