Definition of faint in English:


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Pronunciation: /feɪnt



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  • 1Lose consciousness for a short time because of a temporarily insufficient supply of oxygen to the brain: I fainted from loss of blood
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    • Get the person to lie down on his or her back and elevate the feet higher than the head to keep adequate blood flow to the brain, which will prevent fainting.
    • It was concluded that the pilot had fainted or lost his horizon.
    • Geneva was beginning to faint from lack of oxygen, and when he let go of her, she fell to the floor, desperately trying to see who was fighting the men to save her.
    pass out, lose consciousness, fall unconscious, black out, collapse
    literary swoon
  • 1.1 archaic Grow weak or feeble; decline: the fires were fainting there
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    • The flame of the soldiers' fire grew faint, white mists rose in the fields, the cannon in the forest ceased and the birds began.


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  • A sudden loss of consciousness: she hit the floor in a dead faint
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    • If I didn't find food soon I was going to collapse in a dead faint.
    • Suddenly Tina let out a high-pitched wail, jumped from her cot and collapsed in a dead faint onto the floor.
    • As soon as the kiss ended, Jane collapsed in a dead faint on the front steps.
    blackout, fainting fit, loss of consciousness, collapse; coma
    literary swoon
    Medicine syncope


not have the faintest

informal Have no idea: I haven’t the faintest what it means
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  • Iago's final silence was a speaking one; I don't have the faintest idea how to read Hermione's silence.
  • I don't have the faintest idea who Michelle is talking about here.
  • Believe me, we want to ‘talk’ with you, but we don't have the faintest idea how to accomplish that.



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  • The hijacker gradually freed 10 passengers after stopping, including a man suffering from faintness who police initially said had escaped.
  • The high signal to noise ratio and the faintness of signal captured by these devices are analogous to the hazy, faint pinhole images.
  • Vomiting and faintness were reported among those who tried to work without masks when cleaning up the beaches.


Middle English (in the sense 'feigned', also 'feeble, cowardly', surviving in faint heart): from Old French faint, past participle of faindre (see feign). Compare with feint1.

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