Definition of insinuate
1a : to introduce (something, such as an idea) gradually or in a subtle, indirect, or covert way insinuate doubts into a trusting mindb : to impart or suggest in an artful or indirect way : imply I resent what you're insinuating
2 : to introduce (someone, such as oneself) by stealthy, smooth, or artful means
1 archaic : to enter gently, slowly, or imperceptibly : creep
2 archaic : to ingratiate oneself
insinuativeplay \in-ˈsin-yə-ˌwā-tiv, -yü-ˌā-\ adjective
insinuatorplay \in-ˈsin-yə-ˌwā-tər, -yü-ˌā-\ noun
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Examples of insinuate in a Sentence
years were needed for the agent to insinuate himself into the terrorist organization
are you insinuating that I won by cheating?
Recent Examples of insinuate from the Web
Kobach’s commission was created by a president who used Pew’s report to sloppily insinuate that there were millions voting illegally.
Repeatedly at his rallies during the campaign, Trump would insinuate -- and sometimes more -- that he'd be thrilled if one of his supporters got physical with people protesting.
As in the first trial, Mathews tried to insinuate that DuBose was a drug dealer and a deadbeat who, if not fully deserving his demise, instigated reasonable enough fear in Tensing to present just cause for his grisly killing.
His defense painted the encounter as consensual and insinuated the two were in a relationship.
Donald Trump Jr. even took to Twitter on Wednesday insinuating that the shooting of GOP Majority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise and three others ahead of the Congressional Baseball Game was in some way connected to the production.
The media climate now, in both news and entertainment, is too often of a goading, insinuating resentment, a grinding, agitating antipathy.
Trump repeatedly criticized Curiel during the campaign for his rulings in the Trump University case, insinuating that his Mexican heritage exposed a bias in the case because of Trump's tough line on illegal immigration.
None of this, mind you, is meant to insinuate that bars with rowdy atmospheres don’t have their place; the Varnish just isn’t that kind of saloon.
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Did You Know?
The meaning of insinuate is similar to that of another verb, suggest. Whether you suggest or insinuate something, you are conveying an idea indirectly. But although these two words share the same basic meaning, each gets the idea across in a different way. When you suggest something, you put it into the mind by associating it with other ideas, desires, or thoughts. You might say, for example, that a book's title suggests what the story is about. The word insinuate, on the other hand, usually includes a sense that the idea being conveyed is unpleasant, or that it is being passed along in a sly or underhanded way ("She insinuated that I cheated").
Origin and Etymology of insinuate
Latin insinuatus, past participle of insinuare, from in- + sinuare to bend, curve, from sinus curve
First Known Use: 1529See Words from the same year
Synonym Discussion of insinuate
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
INSINUATE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of insinuate for English Language Learners
: to say (something, especially something bad or insulting) in an indirect way
: to gradually make (yourself) a part of a group, a person's life, etc., often by behaving in a dishonest way
INSINUATE Defined for Kids
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