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

Synonyms: Adjective

bosom, buddy-buddy, chummy, close, especial, familiar, friendly, inseparable, inward, near, thick, tight

Synonyms: Noun

alter ego, amigo, buddy, chum, compadre, comrade, confidant, confidante, crony, familiar, friend, mate [chiefly British], musketeer, pal

Synonyms: Verb

allude, hint, imply, indicate, infer, insinuate, suggest

Antonyms: Adjective

distant

Antonyms: Noun

enemy, foe

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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

Still, the soft directness of her eyes and voice was more intimate than my question. Mary Gaitskill, The New Yorker, "This Is Pleasure," 8 July 2019 The Game of Thrones star, 23, is on her honeymoon after marrying husband Joe Jonas, 29, in an intimate wedding in France last weekend, but that doesn’t mean she’s not keeping up with the current news. Ale Russian, PEOPLE.com, "Sophie Turner Shows Off Sparkly Wedding Band While Praising Alex Morgan's Tea-Sipping Celebration," 5 July 2019 Or acting a scene that is emotionally violent or having to do physical comedy that is extremely intimate. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, "Norbert Leo Butz and Sherie Rene Scott on mining their 23-year friendship for new show," 3 July 2019 As a friend to Morrison for over 35 years, Greenfield-Sanders offers an intimate look into Morrison, who in 1993 became the first Black woman to win the prestigious Nobel Prize. Paula Rogo, Essence, "A Must See Film: 'Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am' Documentary Debuts Today," 21 June 2019 Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte, 34, married former Playboymodel Kayla Rae Reid, 27, in an intimate, outdoor wedding at a private estate in Palm Springs, California Time Fatherhood is going swimmingly for Ryan Lochte. Cydney Henderson, USA TODAY, "Ryan Lochte welcomes baby No. 2 with wife Kayla Rae Reid: 'She is perfect in every way'," 17 June 2019 During an intimate dinner with Ajigbotafe, a waiter approached and presented Harmony a letter on a silver tray. San Diego Union-Tribune, "A San Diego dad’s dance at his daughter’s wedding tugs at heartstrings," 17 June 2019 Get an intimate look at the photography world with visits to some of the many amazing galleries that thrive in this diverse city. National Geographic, "New York City High School Photography Workshop," 17 June 2019 Archibong said before an intimate rooftop dinner for high-profile clients and friends of the brand. Adam Tschorn, latimes.com, "Hermès’ new equestrian-inspired watch has a SoCal connection," 13 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 The prince and his intimates admired and were captivated by Brummell’s aesthetic, quick wit, and charm. Ignacio Peyró, National Geographic, "This 19th-century London dandy caused a style revolution," 18 June 2019 The 1940 introduction of nylon revolutionized the garment industry, and women flocked to purchase intimates created with the new synthetic material. Vogue, "The True History of the Ultimate Wardrobe Essential—Your Bra," 11 Mar. 2019 Tcheng interviewed both executives at the companies that owned Halston’s business, as well as his intimates. Vogue, "Watch an Exclusive Clip of Halston Before Its Sundance Premiere—And Read What the Director and Producer Say About Its Making," 23 Jan. 2019 Despite sliding with the broader market this month, teen retailer American Eagle Outfitters ’ shares remain up 15% this year, thanks to soaring sales in its jeans and Aerie intimates businesses. Akane Otani, WSJ, "Small Caps Become Latest Winning Trade to Collapse," 15 Oct. 2018 With his appointment, Simons would run the company’s many-tentacled business: intimates, denim, men and women’s runway collections, and home goods. Chavie Lieber, Vox, "The Calvin Klein brand hired big-name fashion designer Raf Simons to build relevancy. Now he’s out.," 27 Dec. 2018 Les Coquines Loungewear, intimates, and fitness gear at Les Coquines are 40 percent off through the holiday weekend. Glamour, "The Best 2018 Memorial Day Sales to Shop This Weekend," 22 May 2018 This month, her long journey culminated in the launch of her cutting-edge ski intimates label, Matek. Zoe Ruffner, Vogue, "Introducing Matek, a New Line of Cutting-Edge Ski Intimates," 4 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Why overlay these canvases signifying debt with maps of continents, with national borders explicitly depicted or intimated? Gaiutra Bahadur, The New Republic, "The United States’ Debt to Immigrants," 25 June 2019 Yes, the Celts still tried to negotiate a trade with New Orleans, but according to a Pelicans source, the offers were understandably never as good as intimated back when there was still a reasonable belief Irving could be kept. Stephen Bulpett, The Denver Post, "Celtics’ offer for Anthony Davis affected by Kyrie Irving situation," 17 June 2019 Twenty years after Yutaka Taniyama and Goro Shimura, in the 1950s, first intimated the link between (B) and (D), via (C), mathematicians had grown convinced that this must be right. Quanta Magazine, "Why the Proof of Fermat’s Last Theorem Doesn’t Need to Be Enhanced," 3 June 2019 Russian officials have been coy about how the leak was caused, even intimating shortly after the leak's discovery that a NASA astronaut may have drilled the hole while in space. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "On Thursday a rocket failed. Three humans remain on the ISS. What’s next?," 11 Oct. 2018 Russian officials have been coy about what caused the problem, even intimating that a NASA astronaut may have drilled the hole while in space. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "A Soyuz crew makes an emergency landing after rocket fails," 11 Oct. 2018 Altman intimated continuing the Cavs’ rebuild with a person already familiar with the organization would be beneficial. Tom Withers, The Seattle Times, "Cavs no longer chasing NBA title, pursuing coach for future," 12 Apr. 2019 Russian officials have been coy about how the leak was caused, even (falsely) intimating shortly after the leak's discovery that a NASA astronaut may have drilled the hole while in space. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "NASA concerned about culture of “inappropriateness” at SpaceX," 20 Nov. 2018 But researchers have found many spiral disks that appear to be far below this mass threshold, intimating that another mechanism may be at work. Joshua Sokol, WIRED, "These Spinning Disks of Gas and Dust Reveal How Planets Get Made," 28 May 2018

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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

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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