in·​ti·​ma·​tion ˌin-tə-ˈmā-shən How to pronounce intimation (audio)
plural intimations
: an indirect, usually subtle suggestion, indication, or hint
intimations that she may retire from teaching next year
It can be any time from the earliest intimation of fall, when wetland maples turn a searing red, to the third week of October, when gaudy leaves carpet the forest floor.Madeline Drexler
They bored me stiff but George had expertise and gave occasional intimations of power in reserve.Tobias Wolff

Examples of intimation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web At least Barbie was jolted into action by a stabbing intimation of mortality. Tom Gliatto, Peoplemag, 26 Oct. 2023 The problem is that all those scoops and curls and shadows, those flecks of luxury and intimations of depth, represent just the kind of decorative line items that get stricken from a conscientious budget. Justin Davidson, Curbed, 23 Oct. 2023 To modern eyes, this reads as an appealing universality, achieved through abstracting the particulars into intimations that are left up to the viewer to resolve. Philip Kennicott, Washington Post, 23 June 2023 Thankfully, Friedkin insisted on keeping Blatty’s backdrop, with its intimations of gothic mystery and Jesuitical inquiry. Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, 9 Aug. 2023 Everything is well, until Robbie’s Barbie begins having fleeting intimations of mortality, little oatmilk clouds in her coffee. Tom Gliatto, Peoplemag, 19 July 2023 If Haugen’s Facebook files were a bracing exposé of the algorithms powering the globe’s largest social network, her new memoir is a series of softer intimations, revealing the person behind the documents. Gabriela Riccardi, Quartz, 6 July 2023 All intimations that Kalki is the final avatar of the Hindu deity Vishnu, making a cameo on Earth to eradicate evil, are either accepted without much pushback or apparently deemed unimportant. David L. Coddon, San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 May 2023 Like an overstuffed suitcase, there is lots to unpack — beginning with the idea that L.A. has finally (finally) achieved cultural capital status and ending with the intimation that the city’s art scene might wither without the presence of a strong philanthropist à la Broad. Los Angeles Times, 3 June 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1531, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of intimation was in 1531

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“Intimation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

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