American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Marked by close acquaintance, association, or familiarity.
- adj. Relating to or indicative of one's deepest nature: intimate prayers.
- adj. Essential; innermost: the intimate structure of matter.
- adj. Marked by informality and privacy: an intimate nightclub.
- adj. Very personal; private: an intimate letter.
- adj. Of or involved in a sexual relationship.
- n. A close friend or confidant.
- v. To make known subtly and indirectly; hint. See Synonyms at suggest.
- v. To announce; proclaim.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To make known, especially in a formal manner; announce.
- Specifically, to make known by indirect means or words; hint or suggest; indicate; point out.
- Synonyms Suggest, Insinuate, etc. See hint, transitive verb
- Inner; inmost; intrinsic; pertaining to minute details or particulars: as, the intimate structure of an organism; the intimate principles of a science.
- Pertaining to the inmost mind; existing in one's inner thoughts or feelings; inward: as, intimate convictions or beliefs; intimate knowledge of a subject.
- Closely approximating or coalescing; near; familiar: as, intimate relation of parts; intimate union of particles; intimate intercourse.
- Close in friendship or acquaintance; on very familiar terms; not reserved or distant.
- Familiarly associated: personal.
- n. A familiar friend, companion, or guest; one who has close social relations with another or others.
- adj. Closely acquainted; familiar.
- adj. Of or involved in a sexual relationship.
- adj. Personal, private.
- n. A very close friend.
- n. Women's underwear, sleepwear, or lingerie, especially offered for sale in a store.
- v. transitive To suggest or disclose discreetly.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Innermost; inward; internal; deep-seated; hearty.
- adj. Near; close; direct; thorough; complete.
- adj. Close in friendship or acquaintance; familiar; confidential.
- n. An intimate friend or associate; a confidant.
- v. obsolete To announce; to declare; to publish; to communicate; to make known.
- v. To suggest obscurely or indirectly; to refer to remotely; to give slight notice of; to hint.
- adj. having or fostering a warm or friendly and informal atmosphere
- v. give to understand
- adj. thoroughly acquainted through study or experience
- n. someone to whom private matters are confided
- adj. innermost or essential
- v. imply as a possibility
- adj. marked by close acquaintance, association, or familiarity
- adj. involved in a sexual relationship
- adj. having mutual interests or affections; of established friendship
- From Latin intimare ("to put or bring into, to impress, to make familiar"), from intimus ("inmost, innermost, most intimate"), superlative of intus ("within"), from in ("in"); see interior. (Wiktionary)
- Latin intimātus, past participle of intimāre, to make familiar with; see intimate2.Latin intimāre, intimāt-, to make known, from intimus, innermost; see en in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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