anything that serves to guide or direct in the solution of a problem, mystery, etc.: It is up to Aurora to piece together the clues and solve the murder before she becomes the next victim.
a phrase or word provided as a hint to help find an answer or response in a crossword puzzle, on a game show, etc.: The celebrity editor's name was featured as a clue on the long-running quiz show.
an insight into or knowledge about something: As a kid from the suburbs, Patrick has lived a sheltered life and doesn't have a clue how to survive on his own.
to direct or point out by a clue.
to help find (an answer in a puzzle or quiz) by providing a clue: The four-letter “nose” was clued as “characteristic smell of wine.”
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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How to use clue in a sentence
You responded to each clue correctly before either of your opponents could.
You respond to each clue correctly before either of your opponents can.
Disoriented, without a clue where he might be in relation to the outside world.
If she could go on a boat and across the world not having a clue what lay ahead, then I must have that confidence somewhere, too, she thought.Recreating Historical Adventures in Old-Fashioned Gear | Ailsa Ross | November 12, 2020 | Outside Online
An Internet search for the person has not yielded any clues.
A new bunch of men had arrived—we felt like veterans as we gave them a hand at cluing their hammocks—and say, advice!Over the Seas for Uncle Sam | Elaine Sterne
British Dictionary definitions for clue
something that helps to solve a problem or unravel a mystery
not to have a clue
to be completely baffled
to be completely ignorant or incompetent
(tr; usually foll by in or up) to provide with helpful information
a variant spelling of clew
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