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intimate

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verb in·ti·mate \ ˈin-tə-ˌmāt \

Definition of intimate

intimated; intimating
transitive verb
1 :to make known especially publicly or formally :announce
2 :to communicate delicately and indirectly :hint

intimater

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intimation

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Examples of intimate in a Sentence

  1. Is he really—as his advisers keep intimating to Western journalists—a serious reformer waiting to emerge from the closet? —Murray Scot TannerNewsweek6 May 2002
  2. The dome tops look like pieces of the older ridged plains, intimating that the domes formed when the plains were pushed upward from below. —Robert T. Pappalardo et al.Scientific AmericanOctober 1999
  3. He bounded on stage wearing a polo T-shirt and trousers whose sleekness intimated a large American Express bill. —Caroline SullivanTimes (London)15 Oct. 1992
  4. trying to intimate that there was more going on than anyone knew

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Origin and Etymology of intimate

Late Latin intimatus, past participle of intimare to put in, announce, from Latin intimus innermost, superlative of Old Latin *interus inward — more at interior

intimate Synonyms

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

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intimate

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adjective in·ti·mate \ ˈin-tə-mət \

Definition of intimate

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

intimately

adverb

intimateness

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Examples of intimate in a Sentence

  1. The dining room is plush and intimate, set off by some of the most extravagant floral arrangements in the city. —Thomas MatthewsWine Spectator31 Mar. 2009
  2. When a little-known writer undertakes a manifesto—a statement, after all, of sober purpose and principle—it is likely also to be a cri de coeur, and its reasoned argument will derive from the intimate wounds of autobiography. —Cynthia OzickHarper'sApril 2007
  3. The company would sit around after dinner in the lavishly plain living room or wander out to the pool for more intimate conversation … —Arthur MillerTimebends1987
  4. They remained intimate friends throughout their lives.

  5. They are in an intimate and committed relationship.

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Origin and Etymology of intimate

alteration of obsolete intime, from Latin intimus — see 1intimate


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intimate

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noun in·ti·mate \ ˈin-tə-mət \

Definition of intimate

:a very close friend or confidant :an intimate friend

Examples of intimate in a Sentence

  1. Musicians … tend not, as writers do, to write hundreds of letters sharing with intimates what is going on in their hearts or heads. —August KleinzahlerNew York Times Book Review18 Oct. 2009
  2. She might not mind his assistance, and he was hungering for the company of an intimate to whom he could give and from whom he could receive, and who better in all the world than Nancy? —Philip RothEveryman2006
  3. So this is a biography rich in information, written in a humble and tasteful way by an intimate whose aim is to put a lot of material at the reader's disposal … —Martha C. NussbaumNew Republic31 Dec. 2001 & 7 Jan. 2002
  4. His coworkers knew him as Robert, but his intimates called him Robbie.

  5. usually quite aloof in public, he's actually quite relaxed with his intimates

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Origin and Etymology of intimate



INTIMATE Defined for English Language Learners

intimate

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Definition of intimate for English Language Learners

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


intimate

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Definition of intimate for English Language Learners

  • : having a very close relationship : very warm and friendly

  • : very personal or private

  • : involving sex or sexual relations


intimate

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Definition of intimate for English Language Learners

  • : a very close and trusted friend : an intimate friend


INTIMATE Defined for Kids

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intimate

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verb in·ti·mate \ ˈin-tə-ˌmāt \

Definition of intimate for Students

intimated; intimating
:to say indirectly :hint at
  • She intimated that I should go.

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intimate

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adjective in·ti·mate \ ˈin-tə-mət \

Definition of intimate for Students

1 :very personal or private
  • intimate thoughts
2 :marked by very close association
  • intimate friends
3 :suggesting closeness or warmth :cozy
  • an intimate restaurant

intimately

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noun in·ti·mate \ ˈin-tə-mət \

Definition of intimate for Students

:a very close and trusted friend


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