clue


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clue 1

 (klo͞o)
n.
Something that serves to guide or direct in the solution of a problem or mystery.
tr.v. clued, clue·ing or clu·ing, clues
To give (someone) guiding information: Clue me in on what's happening around the office.

[Variant of clew (from Theseus's use of a ball of thread as a guide through the Cretan labyrinth).]

clue 2

 (klo͞o) Nautical
n.
Variant of clew1..
v.
Variant of clew1..

clue

(kluː)
n
1. something that helps to solve a problem or unravel a mystery
2. not to have a clue
a. to be completely baffled
b. to be completely ignorant or incompetent
vb, clues, cluing or clued
(tr; usually foll by in or up) to provide with helpful information
n, vb
a variant spelling of clew
[C15: variant of clew]

clue

(klu)

n., v. clued, clu•ing. n.
1. anything that serves to guide or direct in the solution of a problem, mystery, etc.
v.t.
3. to direct by a clue.
5. clue in, to provide with necessary information.
[variant sp. of clew]

clue


Past participle: clued
Gerund: cluing

Imperative
clue
clue
Present
I clue
you clue
he/she/it clues
we clue
you clue
they clue
Preterite
I clued
you clued
he/she/it clued
we clued
you clued
they clued
Present Continuous
I am cluing
you are cluing
he/she/it is cluing
we are cluing
you are cluing
they are cluing
Present Perfect
I have clued
you have clued
he/she/it has clued
we have clued
you have clued
they have clued
Past Continuous
I was cluing
you were cluing
he/she/it was cluing
we were cluing
you were cluing
they were cluing
Past Perfect
I had clued
you had clued
he/she/it had clued
we had clued
you had clued
they had clued
Future
I will clue
you will clue
he/she/it will clue
we will clue
you will clue
they will clue
Future Perfect
I will have clued
you will have clued
he/she/it will have clued
we will have clued
you will have clued
they will have clued
Future Continuous
I will be cluing
you will be cluing
he/she/it will be cluing
we will be cluing
you will be cluing
they will be cluing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been cluing
you have been cluing
he/she/it has been cluing
we have been cluing
you have been cluing
they have been cluing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been cluing
you will have been cluing
he/she/it will have been cluing
we will have been cluing
you will have been cluing
they will have been cluing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been cluing
you had been cluing
he/she/it had been cluing
we had been cluing
you had been cluing
they had been cluing
Conditional
I would clue
you would clue
he/she/it would clue
we would clue
you would clue
they would clue
Past Conditional
I would have clued
you would have clued
he/she/it would have clued
we would have clued
you would have clued
they would have clued
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.clue - a slight indicationclue - a slight indication      
indicant, indication - something that serves to indicate or suggest; "an indication of foul play"; "indications of strain"; "symptoms are the prime indicants of disease"
2.clue - evidence that helps to solve a problem
evidence - an indication that makes something evident; "his trembling was evidence of his fear"
sign, mark - a perceptible indication of something not immediately apparent (as a visible clue that something has happened); "he showed signs of strain"; "they welcomed the signs of spring"
Verb1.clue - roll into a ball
twine, wrap, wind, roll - arrange or or coil around; "roll your hair around your finger"; "Twine the thread around the spool"; "She wrapped her arms around the child"

clue

noun indication, lead, sign, evidence, tip, suggestion, trace, hint, suspicion, pointer, tip-off, inkling, intimation Scientists have discovered a clue to the puzzle of why our cells get old and die. a vital clue to the killer's identity

clue

also clew
noun
1. A piece of information useful in a search:
2. A subtle pointing out:
Translations
مِفْتَاحمِفْتاحُ اللُّغْز، دَليل
indicieklíčlegendastopa
sporfingerpegindiciumnøgleord
johtolankanäyttötodistevihje
indicija
nyomra vezető jel
ábending; vísbending
手がかり
실마리
be nuovokosneturėti supratimopriemonė
pavedienspieturas punkts
ključsled
ledtråd
เงื่อนงำ
đầu mối

clue

clew (US) [kluː]
A. N (in guessing game) → pista f; (in a crime) → pista f, indicio m; [of crossword] → indicación f
an important clueuna pista importante
I haven't a clueno tengo ni idea
can you give me a clue?¿me das una pista?
B. VT to clue sb upinformar a algn

clue

[ˈkluː] n
(in investigation)indice m
an important clue → un indice important
I haven't a clue → je n'en ai pas la moindre idée
(= indication) → indication f
(in crosswords)définition fclued-up clued up [ˌkluːdˈʌp] (British) clued in (US) adj (= well-informed) → calé(e)
to be clued-up on sth, to be clued-up about sth → tout savoir sur qch

clue

nAnhaltspunkt m, → Hinweis m; (in police search also: = object) → Spur f; (in crosswords) → Frage f; to find a/the clue to somethingden Schlüssel zu etw finden; I’ll give you a clueich gebe dir einen Tipp; I haven’t a clue!(ich hab) keine Ahnung!

clue

[kluː] nindicazione f; (in a crime) → indizio; (in crosswords) → definizione f
I'll give you a clue → ti metto sulla strada giusta
I haven't a clue (fam) → non (ne) ho la minima idea

clue

(kluː) noun
anything that helps to solve a mystery, puzzle etc. The car number was a clue to the identity of the murderer; I can't answer the second clue in this crossword.
ˈclueless adjective
(of a person) stupid. He's quite clueless about art.
not to have a clue
to be ignorant. `How does that work?' `I haven't a clue.'

clue

مِفْتَاح indicie spor Hinweis ένδειξη pista johtolanka indice indicija indizio 手がかり 실마리 aanwijzing ledetråd wskazówka dica подсказка ledtråd เงื่อนงำ delil đầu mối 线索
References in classic literature ?
A slight incident gave Jo the clue to the mystery, she thought, and lively fancy, loving heart did the rest.
At the spring, the horses were turned loose, as has been seen; and, notwithstanding the remoteness and length of their trail, the artifices already named were resorted to, in order to cut off every clue to their place of retreat.
Nay; it would be sinful, in such a question, to follow the clue of profane philosophy," said Mr.
Can we, then, by the citation of some of those instances wherein this thing of whiteness --though for the time either wholly or in great part stripped of all direct associations calculated to impart to it aught fearful, but, nevertheless, is found to exert over us the same sorcery, however modified; --can we thus hope to light upon some chance clue to conduct us to the hidden cause we seek?
The wise way would have been to frankly own up; but I could not bring myself to do that, after the young girl had praised me so for recognizing her; so I went on, deeper and deeper into the mire, hoping for a chance clue but never getting one.
She can be perfectly ignorant of a subject,' said Miss Maxwell to Adam Ladd, "but entirely intelligent the moment she has a clue.
I knew him to be a very good sort of man, and I thought well of his daughter--better than she deserved, for, with a most obstinate and ill-judged secrecy, she would tell nothing, would give no clue, though she certainly knew all.
For he had an expectation that the conduct of his future self would give him the clue he missed, and would render the solution of these riddles easy.
It gives no clue to where she is; but she is not with him.
I mention this in this place, of a fixed purpose, because it is the clue by which I am to be followed into my poor labyrinth.
Also, by way of throwing further light on this clue of the tinder-box, a collection was made of all the articles purchased from the pedlar at various houses, and carried to the Rainbow to be exhibited there.
Had I the remotest clue, I would follow him barefoot to the end of the world.