Clue definition

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To indicate by or as by a clue.
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(informal) To provide with the necessary information.
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The definition of a clue is something that helps solve a problem or mystery.

An example of a clue is telling someone they're getting warmer when looking for a hidden gift.

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(now rare) A strand of yarn etc. as used to guide one through a labyrinth; something which points the way, a guide.
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Information which may lead one to a certain point or conclusion.
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An object or a kind of indication which may be used as evidence.
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To provide with a clue (often used with "in" or "up").

The crossword compiler wasn't sure how to clue the word "should".

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To provide someone with information which he or she lacks.

Smith, clue Jones in on what's been happening.

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(slang) Insight or understanding ("to have a clue [about]" or "to have clue". See have a clue, clue stick)
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To give (someone) guiding information.

Clue me in on what's happening around the office.

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Something that leads out of a perplexity; esp., a fact or object that helps to solve a problem or mystery.
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Something that serves to guide or direct in the solution of a problem or mystery.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
clue
Plural:
clues

Origin of clue

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

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Variant of clew (“a ball of thread or yarn”), from Middle English clewe, from Old English clēowen, clīewen (“sphere, ball, skein; ball of thread or yarn; mass, group”), from Proto-Germanic *kliuwīną, *klewô (“ball, bale”), from Proto-Indo-European *glew-, *gelew- (“to amass, conglomerate; clump, ball, bale”). Sense evolution with reference to the one which the mythical Theseus used to guide him out of the Minotaur's labyrinth. More at clew.

    From Wiktionary