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1intimate

verb in·ti·mate \ˈin-tə-ˌmāt\

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

in·ti·mat·edin·ti·mat·ing

Full Definition of INTIMATE

transitive verb
1
:  to make known especially publicly or formally :  announce
2
:  to communicate delicately and indirectly :  hint
in·ti·mat·er noun
in·ti·ma·tion \ˌin-tə-ˈmā-shən\ noun
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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

Synonym Discussion of INTIMATE

suggest, imply, hint, intimate, insinuate mean to convey an idea indirectly. suggest may stress putting into the mind by association of ideas, awakening of a desire, or initiating a train of thought <a film title that suggests its subject matter>. imply is close to suggest but may indicate a more definite or logical relation of the unexpressed idea to the expressed <measures implying that bankruptcy was imminent>. hint implies the use of slight or remote suggestion with a minimum of overt statement <hinted that she might get the job>. intimate stresses delicacy of suggestion without connoting any lack of candor <intimates that there is more to the situation than meets the eye>. insinuate applies to the conveying of a usually unpleasant idea in a sly underhanded manner <insinuated that there were shady dealings>.

Rhymes with INTIMATE

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2intimate

adjective in·ti·mate \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

1
a :  intrinsic, essential
b :  belonging to or characterizing one's deepest nature
2
:  marked by very close association, contact, or familiarity <intimate knowledge of the law>
3
a :  marked by a warm friendship developing through long association <intimate friends>
b :  suggesting informal warmth or privacy <intimate clubs>
4
:  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

3intimate

noun in·ti·mate \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
INTIMATED Defined for Kids

1intimate

verb in·ti·mate \ˈin-tə-ˌmāt\
in·ti·mat·edin·ti·mat·ing

Definition of INTIMATE for Kids

:  to say indirectly :  hint at <She intimated that I should go.>

2intimate

adjective in·ti·mate \ˈin-tə-mət\

Definition of INTIMATE for Kids

1
:  very personal or private <intimate thoughts>
2
:  marked by very close association <intimate friends>
3
:  suggesting closeness or warmth :  cozy <an intimate restaurant>
in·ti·mate·ly adverb

3intimate

noun in·ti·mate \ˈin-tə-mət\

Definition of INTIMATE for Kids

:  a very close and trusted friend

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