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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..
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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]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014

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]
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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
Collins English Verb Tables © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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"
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.

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
Collins Thesaurus of the English Language – Complete and Unabridged 2nd Edition. 2002 © HarperCollins Publishers 1995, 2002

clue

also clew
noun
1. A piece of information useful in a search:
2. A subtle pointing out:
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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
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005

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
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

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!
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007

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
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995

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.'
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary © 2006-2013 K Dictionaries Ltd.

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
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CLUED UP: 3D crossword world championship entrants (left-right) Peter Aylmer, Robbi Etherington, Eric Westbrook and Anthony Etherington at St Mary's Guildhall in Coventry
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CLUED UP: Alex Jenkins (right) receives the prize of an iPad2 from staff member Lee Sands