Synonyms & Antonyms of insinuate

1 to introduce in a gradual, secret, or clever way
  • years were needed for the agent to insinuate himself into the terrorist organization

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2 to convey an idea indirectly
  • are you insinuating that I won by cheating?

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3 to put among or between others
  • quietly insinuated herself among the concertgoers raptly listening to the piano solo

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How is the word insinuate distinct from other similar verbs?

Some common synonyms of insinuate are hint, imply, intimate, and suggest. While all these words mean "to convey an idea indirectly," insinuate applies to the conveying of a usually unpleasant idea in a sly underhanded manner.

insinuated that there were shady dealings

When is hint a more appropriate choice than insinuate?

The meanings of hint and insinuate largely overlap; however, hint implies the use of slight or remote suggestion with a minimum of overt statement.

hinted that she might get the job

How are the words imply and suggest related as synonyms of insinuate?

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

When could intimate be used to replace insinuate?

While in some cases nearly identical to insinuate, intimate stresses delicacy of suggestion without connoting any lack of candor.

intimates that there is more to the situation than meets the eye

When can suggest be used instead of insinuate?

The words suggest and insinuate are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, 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

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The first known use of insinuate was in 1529

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“Insinuate.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2021.

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