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Meaning of INSINUATE

Pronunciation:  in'sinyoo`eyt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  give to understand; "I insinuated that I did not like his wife"
  2. [v]  introduce or insert (oneself) in a subtle manner; "He insinuated himself into the conversation of the people at the nearby table"

INSINUATE is a 9 letter word that starts with I.


 Synonyms: adumbrate, intimate
 See Also: bring in, hint, introduce, suggest



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \In*sin"u*ate\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Insinuated}; p.
    pr. & vb. n. {Insinuating}.] [L. insinuatus, p. p. of
    insinuareto insinuate; pref. in- in + sinus the bosom. See
    1. To introduce gently or slowly, as by a winding or narrow
       passage, or a gentle, persistent movement.
             The water easily insinuates itself into, and
             placidly distends, the vessels of vegetables.
    2. To introduce artfully; to infuse gently; to instill.
             All the art of rhetoric, besides order and
             clearness, are for nothing else but to insinuate
             wrong ideas, move the passions, and thereby mislead
             the judgment.                         --Locke.
             Horace laughs to shame all follies and insinuates
             virtue, rather by familiar examples than by the
             severity of precepts.                 --Dryden.
    3. To hint; to suggest by remote allusion; -- often used
       derogatorily; as, did you mean to insinuate anything?
    4. To push or work (one's self), as into favor; to introduce
       by slow, gentle, or artful means; to ingratiate; -- used
             He insinuated himself into the very good grace of
             the Duke of Buckingham.               --Clarendon.
    Syn: To instill; hint; suggest; intimate.
  2. \In*sin"u*ate\, v. i.
    1. To creep, wind, or flow in; to enter gently, slowly, or
       imperceptibly, as into crevices.
    2. To ingratiate one's self; to obtain access or favor by
       flattery or cunning.
             He would insinuate with thee but to make thee sigh.
             To insinuate, flatter, bow, and bend my limbs.
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