Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.
  • transitive v. To make known subtly and indirectly; hint. See Synonyms at suggest.
  • transitive v. To announce; proclaim.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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. To suggest or disclose discreetly.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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.
  • transitive v. To announce; to declare; to publish; to communicate; to make known.
  • transitive v. To suggest obscurely or indirectly; to refer to remotely; to give slight notice of; to hint.

from The 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • 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

Etymologies

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)
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)

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    January 21, 2010

  • Here's a sentence to consider adding to the example page:

    intimate (verb)

    The school principal intimated to a teacher who was about to take the stage at the assembly that she had a big piece of snot stuck to her shirt.


    January 21, 2010

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    January 21, 2010

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    January 21, 2010

  • I will intimate to my intimate.

    January 3, 2010