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Meaning of INTIMATE

Pronunciation:  [v]'intum`eit, 'intumut

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  someone to whom private matters are confided
  2. [adj]  very close in friendship or affection; "a bosom buddy"; "an intimate friendship"
  3. [adj]  having mutual interests or affections; of established friendship; "on familiar terms"; "pretending she is on an intimate footing with those she slanders"
  4. [adj]  closely interconnected or interrelated; "the intimate relations...beween economics, politics, and legal principles"- V.L.Parrington
  5. [adj]  thoroughly acquainted with through study or experience; "this girl, so intimate with nature"-W.H.Hudson; "knowledgeable about the technique of painting"- Herbert Read
  6. [adj]  having or fostering a warm or friendly atmosphere; especially through smallness and informality; "had a cozy chat"; "a relaxed informal manner"; "an intimate cocktail lounge"; "the small room was cozy and intimate"
  7. [adj]  innermost or essential; "the inner logic of Cubism"; "the internal contradictions of the theory"; "the intimate structure of matter"
  8. [adj]  indicating knowledge of personal details that only a close confidant could have; "an intimate biography"; "intimate details of their relationship"
  9. [adj]  showing profound and detailed knowledge and understanding as from long study; "an intimate knowledge of criminal law"
  10. [adj]  involved in a sexual relationship; "the intimate (or sexual) relations between husband and wife"; "she had been intimate with many men"
  11. [v]  give to understand; "I insinuated that I did not like his wife"
  12. [v]  imply as a possibility; "The evidence suggests a need for more clarification"

INTIMATE is a 8 letter word that starts with I.


 Synonyms: adumbrate, bosom(a), close, confidant, connected, cozy, experienced, familiar, friendly, informal, inner, insinuate, internal, intimate with(p), intrinsic, intrinsical, knowledgeable, knowledgeable about(p), personal, profound, sexual, sexy
 See Also: confidante, friend, hint, imply, make out, repository, secretary, suggest



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \In"ti*mate\, a. [Formerly intime, L. intimus, a
    superl. corresponding to the compar. interior: cf. F. intime.
    The form intimate is due to confusion with intimate, v. t.
    See {Interior}.]
    1. Innermost; inward; internal; deep-seated; hearty. ``I knew
       from intimate impulse.'' --Milton.
    2. Near; close; direct; thorough; complete.
             He was honored with an intimate and immediate
             admission.                            --South.
    3. Close in friendship or acquaintance; familiar;
       confidential; as, an intimate friend.
    Syn: Familiar; near; friendly; confidential.
  2. \In"ti*mate\, n.
    An intimate friend or associate; a confidant. --Gov. of the
  3. \In"ti*mate\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Intimated}; p. pr. &
    vb. n. {Intimating}.] [L. intimatus, p. p. of intimare to
    put, bring, drive, or press into, to announce, make known,
    from intimus the inmost. See {Intimate}, a.]
    1. To announce; to declare; to publish; to communicate; to
       make known. [Obs.]
             He, incontinent, did proclaim and intimate open war.
                                                   --E. Hall.
             So both conspiring 'gan to intimate Each other's
             grief.                                --Spenser.
    2. To suggest obscurely or indirectly; to refer to remotely;
       to give slight notice of; to hint; as, he intimated his
       intention of resigning his office.
             The names of simple ideas and substances, with the
             abstract ideas in the mind, intimate some real
             existence, from which was derived their original
             pattern.                              --Locke.
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