intimate

adjective
in·​ti·​mate | \ ˈin-tə-mət How to pronounce intimate (audio) \

Definition of intimate

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : marked by a warm friendship developing through long association intimate friends
b : suggesting informal warmth or privacy intimate clubs
c : engaged in, involving, or marked by sex or sexual relations It must have been a shock for the author to realize—somewhere between contract and completed manuscript—that while Ms. Brickman was intimate with dozens of mobsters, she was close to none of them.— Amy Pagnozzi The father of three children by three women doesn't have a girlfriend and says he hasn't been intimate with anyone in two months.— Michael Silver
2 : of a very personal or private nature intimate secrets
3 : marked by very close association, contact, or familiarity intimate knowledge of the law
b : belonging to or characterizing one's deepest nature

intimate

noun
in·​ti·​mate | \ ˈin-tə-mət How to pronounce intimate (audio) \

Definition of intimate (Entry 2 of 3)

: a very close friend or confidant : an intimate friend

intimate

verb
in·​ti·​mate | \ ˈin-tə-ˌmāt How to pronounce intimate (audio) \
intimated; intimating

Definition of intimate (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to communicate delicately and indirectly : hint
2 : to make known especially publicly or formally : announce

Other Words from intimate

Adjective

intimately adverb
intimateness noun

Verb

intimater noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for intimate

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Synonyms: Noun

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Antonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Noun

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Verb

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

Examples of intimate in a Sentence

Adjective 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 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 Ozick, Harper's, April 2007 The company would sit around after dinner in the lavishly plain living room or wander out to the pool for more intimate conversation … — Arthur Miller, Timebends, 1987 They remained intimate friends throughout their lives. They are in an intimate and committed relationship. Noun 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 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 Roth, Everyman, 2006 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. Nussbaum, New Republic, 31 Dec. 2001 & 7 Jan. 2002 His coworkers knew him as “Robert,” but his intimates called him “Robbie.” usually quite aloof in public, he's actually quite relaxed with his intimates Verb 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 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 American, October 1999 He bounded on stage wearing a polo T-shirt and trousers whose sleekness intimated a large American Express bill. — Caroline Sullivan, Times (London), 15 Oct. 1992 trying to intimate that there was more going on than anyone knew See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Although the final product of her fresh red ink was still unclear at the time, on September 10, the rapper and mother of two went on Instagram Live to announce the intimate details behind her new face tattoo and arm tattoo. Chelsea Avila, Allure, 21 Sep. 2022 Two decades after first dating, Bennifer tied the knot in an intimate ceremony at the Little White Wedding Chapel. Janaya Wecker, Harper's BAZAAR, 20 Sep. 2022 The queen was laid to rest in an intimate ceremony in Windsor, where she was reunited with her husband, Prince Philip, and her parents. Steve Coogan, USA TODAY, 20 Sep. 2022 Their intimate ceremony in St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle was attended by several senior members of the royal family including the Queen and Prince Harry. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, 19 Sep. 2022 Yet Pimlott, who died in 2004, was not interested in gossip about the intimate details of her life. Wsj Books Staff, WSJ, 13 Sep. 2022 On the 25th anniversary of Princess Diana's death on August 31, here's a look back at Prince William and Prince Harry's decision to share intimate details of their last conversation with their mother. Simon Perry, Peoplemag, 31 Aug. 2022 The cold case murder of a 26-year-old Pennsylvania mother in 1988 has been finally solved thanks to DNA evidence found on a chilling letter sent to a local newspaper decades ago with intimate details of the crime. Marlene Lenthang, NBC News, 22 Aug. 2022 According to Rieke, the image of Carina shows intimate details of the star formation process. Shanti Lerner, The Arizona Republic, 15 Aug. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun My Octopus Teacher became an Oscar winner in 2021, winning for its intimate (and occasionally unsettling) exploration of a man's friendship with a wild octopus. Devan Coggan, EW.com, 17 Sep. 2022 Isaac Lamb directs this intimate, 2018 off-Broadway delight. oregonlive, 31 Aug. 2022 In the 1932 presidential race, Frankfurter served as an intimate if unofficial adviser to the Roosevelt campaign, arranging speeches and offering suggestions. John Fabian Witt, The New Republic, 26 Aug. 2022 Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck kept their Las Vegas wedding intimate, with just them, Lopez's mom, and her kids attending. Alyssa Bailey, ELLE, 19 July 2022 The intimate, Encinitas amphitheater is set in a shady grove surrounded by layered tiers of plants and towering trees. San Diego Union-Tribune, 24 July 2022 In a town this intimate, where the community is just an extension of family, that trust is easier to come by. Moriah Balingit, Washington Post, 27 June 2022 The pop star married her longtime boyfriend in an intimate, at-home wedding last Thursday. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 13 June 2022 Gracious, intelligent and blessed with boyish good looks, Mr. Hawkins became a fixture on the elite party circuit and an intimate of its prime movers. New York Times, 30 Mar. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Venues range from the 1,200-seat Zeiterion Theatre to intimate shows in Seaman’s Bethel. Lauren Daley, BostonGlobe.com, 4 July 2022 Shugrue dos Santos says research shows criminal responses to intimate partner violence have not lessened rates. Alia E. Dastagir, USA TODAY, 15 June 2022 Over 400 chefs, beverage producers and food personalities will partake in over 90 events this year ranging from walk-around tastings to masterclasses to intimate sit-down dinners. Cheryl Tiu, Forbes, 1 Feb. 2022 Many events from food festivals to intimate tasting sessions will be held throughout the year. David Nikel, Forbes, 1 Jan. 2022 DJs would intimate that this was a new British band. Sam Whiting, San Francisco Chronicle, 11 Nov. 2021 Act 1 is the 1939 May Co. department store made over into the Saban Building, airy home for exhibition galleries, restaurant, store and intimate below-ground theater. Los Angeles Times, 10 Sep. 2021 What would truly intimate, loving and pleasurable encounters or relationships with men actually look like? Vicky Spratt, refinery29.com, 25 June 2021 Public health lockdowns were the last thing the industry — from big, corporate cineplexes to intimate art houses — needed, said Jeff Bock, senior media analyst at Exhibitor Relations, which tracks the performance of films and other media. James Rainey, Los Angeles Times, 21 Mar. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of intimate

Adjective

circa 1632, in the meaning defined at sense 4a

Noun

1659, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1522, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for intimate

Adjective and Noun

alteration of obsolete intime, from Latin intimus — see intimate entry 3

Verb

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

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“Intimate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/intimate. Accessed 3 Oct. 2022.

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More Definitions for intimate

intimate

verb
in·​ti·​mate | \ ˈin-tə-ˌmāt How to pronounce intimate (audio) \
intimated; intimating

Kids Definition of intimate

 (Entry 1 of 3)

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

intimate

adjective
in·​ti·​mate | \ ˈin-tə-mət How to pronounce intimate (audio) \

Kids Definition of intimate (Entry 2 of 3)

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

Other Words from intimate

intimately adverb

intimate

noun
in·​ti·​mate | \ ˈin-tə-mət How to pronounce intimate (audio) \

Kids Definition of intimate (Entry 3 of 3)

: a very close and trusted friend

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