from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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.
  • noun A familiar friend, companion, or guest; one who has close social relations with another or others.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Innermost; inward; internal; deep-seated; hearty.
  • adjective Near; close; direct; thorough; complete.
  • adjective Close in friendship or acquaintance; familiar; confidential.
  • transitive verb obsolete To announce; to declare; to publish; to communicate; to make known.
  • transitive verb To suggest obscurely or indirectly; to refer to remotely; to give slight notice of; to hint.
  • noun An intimate friend or associate; a confidant.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Closely acquainted; familiar.
  • adjective Of or involved in a sexual relationship.
  • adjective Personal, private.
  • noun A very close friend.
  • noun Women's underwear, sleepwear, or lingerie, especially offered for sale in a store.
  • verb transitive To suggest or disclose discreetly.

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

  • adjective having or fostering a warm or friendly and informal atmosphere
  • verb give to understand
  • adjective thoroughly acquainted through study or experience
  • noun someone to whom private matters are confided
  • adjective innermost or essential
  • verb imply as a possibility
  • adjective marked by close acquaintance, association, or familiarity
  • adjective involved in a sexual relationship
  • adjective having mutual interests or affections; of established friendship


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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.


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    January 3, 2010

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    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

  • o suggest something subtly

    At first Manfred’s teachers intimated to his parents that he was not suited to skip a grade; when his parents protested, teachers explicitly told them that, notwithstanding the boy’s precocity, he was simply too immature to jump to the 6th grade.

    October 11, 2016