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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Other Words from intimate

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 An intimate and epic journey into the female experience of war. Houston Chronicle, "Outside the Megaplex: Here are the Houston arthouse movies showing Nov. 15-21," 14 Nov. 2019 But perhaps this was the finale Slayer wanted: intimate, contained, all eyes on them. Kyle Slagle, The Courier-Journal, "Slayer dominates while bringing blistering riffs, nihilistic worldview to Louisville," 12 Nov. 2019 This thought-provoking drama is long but well-paced, full of incident but at the same time intimate — though shocking violence occurs just offscreen. Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter, "'A Sun' ('Yang Guang Pu Zhao'): Film Review | Tokyo 2019," 8 Nov. 2019 Hosted by Glamour editor in chief Samantha Barry, the podcast shares intimate, unscripted stories from women across the country along with advice from financial experts to help guide those women—and women everywhere—forward. Glamour, "Thinking About Getting Divorced? Consider This Your Financial Road Map," 5 Nov. 2019 The two nights realized the dichotomy of a good relationship, says Kimmy—intimate, loving, and exciting. Belathée, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kimmy Scotti and Adam Metzger's Halloween Wedding Was a Garden of Eden of Good & Evil," 31 Oct. 2019 This was perhaps their most blunt and by far their most prominent role in the Middle Ages, a marker of people’s intimate and public relationship to the realities of living and dying. Jack Hartnell, Time, "The Medieval History Behind Our Halloween Fascination With Skeletons," 30 Oct. 2019 WeChat has access to a staggering amount of intimate and real-time information on its users, making it a perfect surveillance tool for the government. Echo Huang, Quartz, "WeChat is setting a blueprint for the world’s social networks," 29 Oct. 2019 While the house has made for an intimate and charming museum, Fitzgerald said, its space limitations have greatly curtailed the types of exhibits and educational programs the museum could offer. Matthew J. Palm, orlandosentinel.com, "Mennello Museum to ‘grow up’ with dramatic facelift in $20 million expansion," 29 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun An island in the middle holds jewelry and intimates, while glass cabinetry on the surrounding wall is the perfect place for displaying—and therefore not forgetting—your favorite handbags and accessories. Carisha Swanson, House Beautiful, "This Master Bedroom Has a Secret Hideaway for Snagging a Little Alone Time," 14 Oct. 2019 Swift’s antagonists have always been intimates, and the joy she’s taken in either loving them or eviscerating them has always been evident, and thrilling. Jon Caramanica, New York Times, "Taylor Swift Emerges From the Darkness Unbroken on ‘Lover’," 23 Aug. 2019 Even intimates of the deceased feel pressure to join the communal outpouring. Bob Morris, Town & Country, "A (Candid) Guide to Celebrity Death Etiquette," 6 Aug. 2019 Although Amazon Prime Day isn't until July 16, the website is launching a few early deals tomorrow, including a sale on intimates. Susan Brickell, Health.com, "The Bra and Underwear Sale You Won't Want to Miss on Amazon Tomorrow," 12 July 2018 The divider is great for separating pants and shirts, the pouches are perfect for intimates and underwear, and the straps keep everything in their place. Noelle Ike, CNN Underscored, "This carry-on suitcase has all the features you want for less than $200," 14 Aug. 2019 Always use a gentle detergent like the Clean & Cute Panty Wash to clean all your intimates. Essence, "Ask An OB-GYN: How Long Should I Keep My Panties Before They're No Good?," 9 Aug. 2019 The cinematic vignette follows a Bonnie & Clyde type of romance, as the songstress and her lover share an intimate yet bloodied embrace after robbing a store. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, "Sabrina Claudio's 'Holding the Gun' Is an Ode to Loyalty: Watch," 31 July 2019 Add an extra 50% off to marked down intimates now through July 8. Shanon Maglente, Good Housekeeping, "Your Guide to the Best July 4th Sales in 2019," 30 June 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Team owner Jack Roush publicly intimated Stenhouse wrecked too much, and Stenhouse choked back tears later that day in discussing his emotional dismissal. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Wild weekend at home pumps new life into NASCAR," 30 Sep. 2019 Trump also recently intimated that the whistleblower should be executed. Greg Sargent, The Denver Post, "Sargent: Trump is cornered — and panicking about it," 30 Sep. 2019 Team owner Jack Roush publicly intimated Stenhouse wrecked too much, and Stenhouse choked back tears later that day in discussing his emotional dismissal. Jenna Fryer, orlandosentinel.com, "NASCAR playoffs heat up with Roval raucousness," 29 Sep. 2019 As sanctions took a bite, Tehran intimated that if Iran couldn’t export oil, neither would others. Seth J. Frantzman, National Review, "The Attack on Saudi Arabia Is the Crisis Iran Was Waiting For," 17 Sep. 2019 Kukushkin also intimated that the pair lived at a time when fighting and conflict were prevalent throughout the region. Fox News, "Mysterious 4,000-year-old grave reveals boy and girl buried face to face," 2 Aug. 2019 Trump also intimated that Mexico had agreed to more concessions than what was publicly disclosed and tweeted that American farmers — badly affected by his trade war with China — would get a boost from additional Mexican purchases. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, "The dubious art of Trump’s deal with Mexico," 10 June 2019 Hinch intimated that could be the final hurdle before Pressly is activated and returns to the major league bullpen. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Astros' Ryan Pressly hits another milestone in recovery," 14 Sep. 2019 Front Row Life Don't be intimated by the class front row. Bianca Nieves, Teen Vogue, "Your Guide to Having A Hot Girl Semester," 28 Aug. 2019

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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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17 Nov 2019

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The first known use of intimate was in 1522

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intimate

adjective
How to pronounce intimate (audio)

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
How to pronounce intimate (audio)

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

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

intimate

verb
How to pronounce intimate (audio)

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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