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

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Adjective

intimately adverb
intimateness noun

Verb

intimater noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for intimate

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Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The result is that the bulk of Roadrunner is warm, intimate, and unsurprising. Alison Willmore, Vulture, 16 July 2021 Let your conversation be intimate, vulnerable, and focused more on connection than harsh truths this month. Meghan Ros, Glamour, 1 July 2021 Goldman is a natural storyteller—funny, intimate, sarcastic, all-noticing. James Wood, The New Yorker, 7 June 2021 In Frances Cha’s cruel, intimate, and utterly vibrant world, a drastic haircut is a statement of selfhood, and plastic surgery an economic lifeline. The Atlantic Culture Desk, The Atlantic, 28 May 2021 So the connection between color and language is really, really intimate. Wired Staff, Wired, 28 May 2021 Taddeo asked Talese for reporting advice and any tips on how to get her subjects to open up about the most intimate, embarrassing and at times painful parts of their lives. Eliana Dockterman, Time, 27 May 2021 The singer, 27, shared the first photos on Wednesday from her intimate, at-home May 15 wedding to luxury real estate agent Dalton Gomez, featuring shots of the newlyweds kissing and solo images of Grande showing off her dress and makeup. Hannah Yasharoff, USA TODAY, 26 May 2021 Events will be large-scale—the American Ballet Theatre, the Little Orchestra Society, and Mariachi Real De Mexico are all scheduled to appear—or more intimate, like discussions or workshops. Marley Marius, Vogue, 20 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Grande, 28, married Dalton Gomez on May 15 during an intimate, at-home ceremony with less than 20 people in attendance, the singer's rep told PEOPLE at the time. Benjamin Vanhoose, PEOPLE.com, 22 July 2021 This doc series returns to explore the powerful bond between humanity and dogs in four new intimate, heartwarming episodes, featuring stories about an astronaut, a priest, a military contractor and the handler of a legendary university mascot. Ben Flanagan | Bflanagan@al.com, al, 1 July 2021 The second batch of images ranged from the formal, to the casual, to the intimate. Elise Taylor, Vogue, 30 June 2021 The bane of one American president — Barack Obama — and the back-slapping intimate of another, Donald Trump. Laura King, Los Angeles Times, 13 June 2021 Adapted by King and co-executive produced by J. J. Abrams, this intimate, albeit disturbing, tale is filled with spooky imagery. Jeanne Jakle, San Antonio Express-News, 2 June 2021 This is Rossum and Esmail’s first child together, arriving four years after her parents officially tied the knot in an intimate (and star-studded) New York City wedding back in 2017. Ineye Komonibo, refinery29.com, 26 May 2021 For those craving an intimate, Mother’s Day version, Tio Leo’s Lounge in Bay Park will host A Taste of Gator at 5 p.m. on May 8. George Varga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 28 Apr. 2021 That being said, there will still be an in-person celebration—albeit an intimate, COVID-19-friendly one. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, 25 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 Not unlike the movies of Hollywood, the real world is bursting with romantic settings that range from over-the-top lavish to discreetly intimate. Roger Sands, Forbes, 2 Mar. 2021 Topics included federal domestic violence policy, addressing domestic violence in family court cases, responding effectively to intimate partner violence and understanding the needs of children exposed to such behavior. Peggy O’hare, ExpressNews.com, 29 Oct. 2020 The exhibition level will be broken up into boxy, conventional galleries; intimate cul-de-sacs, with only one door, like a chapel; and irregular rooms formed from the negative space in between. Dana Goodyear, The New Yorker, 5 Oct. 2020 The video adds another layer to one of Halsey's most personal songs, with a collection of home movies from her childhood and intimate behind-the-scenes footage. Tyler Aquilina, EW.com, 29 Sep. 2020 That phrasing works to intimate that there is another side to Donald Trump—a humane, loving, deep-down decent side. Jenny Singer, Glamour, 28 Aug. 2020 Several scenes are shot from a cat’s point of view, intimating a roving conscience similar to that in The Cassandra Cat (1963), a Czech film whose feline protagonist is able to see humans’ hidden feelings. Jeremy Lybarger, The New York Review of Books, 20 Apr. 2020

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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 4 Aug. 2021.

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intimate

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of intimate

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: having a very close relationship : very warm and friendly
: very personal or private
: involving sex or sexual relations

intimate

noun

English Language Learners Definition of intimate (Entry 2 of 3)

somewhat formal : a very close and trusted friend : an intimate friend

intimate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of intimate (Entry 3 of 3)

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

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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