verb \ˈin-tə-ˌmāt\

: to say or suggest (something) in an indirect way


Full Definition of INTIMATE

transitive verb
:  to make known especially publicly or formally :  announce
:  to communicate delicately and indirectly :  hint
in·ti·mat·er noun
in·ti·ma·tion \ˌin-tə-ˈmā-shən\ noun

Examples of INTIMATE

  1. <trying to intimate that there was more going on than anyone knew>
  2. Is he really—as his advisers keep intimating to Western journalists—a serious reformer waiting to emerge from the closet? —Murray Scot Tanner, Newsweek, 6 May 2002

Origin of INTIMATE

Late Latin intimatus, past participle of intimare to put in, announce, from Latin intimus innermost, superl. of Old Latin *interus inward — more at interior
First Known Use: 1522

Rhymes with INTIMATE

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adjective \ˈin-tə-mət\

: having a very close relationship : very warm and friendly

: very personal or private

: involving sex or sexual relations

Full Definition of INTIMATE

a :  intrinsic, essential
b :  belonging to or characterizing one's deepest nature
:  marked by very close association, contact, or familiarity <intimate knowledge of the law>
a :  marked by a warm friendship developing through long association <intimate friends>
b :  suggesting informal warmth or privacy <intimate clubs>
:  of a very personal or private nature <intimate secrets>
in·ti·mate·ly adverb
in·ti·mate·ness noun

Examples of INTIMATE

  1. They remained intimate friends throughout their lives.
  2. They are in an intimate and committed relationship.
  3. The dining room is plush and intimate, set off by some of the most extravagant floral arrangements in the city. —Thomas Matthews, Wine Spectator, 31 Mar. 2009

Origin of INTIMATE

alteration of obsolete intime, from Latin intimus (see 1intimate)
First Known Use: 1632


noun \ˈin-tə-mət\

: a very close and trusted friend : an intimate friend

Full Definition of INTIMATE

:  a very close friend or confidant :  an intimate friend

Examples of INTIMATE

  1. His coworkers knew him as Robert, but his intimates called him Robbie.
  2. <usually quite aloof in public, he's actually quite relaxed with his intimates>
  3. Musicians … tend not, as writers do, to write hundreds of letters sharing with intimates what is going on in their hearts or heads. —August Kleinzahler, New York Times Book Review, 18 Oct. 2009

Origin of INTIMATE

(see 2intimate)
First Known Use: 1659


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