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intimate2

[in-tuh-meyt] /ˈɪn təˌmeɪt/
verb (used with object), intimated, intimating.
1.
to indicate or make known indirectly; hint; imply; suggest.
2.
Archaic. to make known; announce.
Origin
1530-1540
1530-40; < Late Latin intimātus, past participle of intimāre to impress (upon), make known, equivalent to intim(us) inmost (see intima) + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
intimater, noun
intimation, noun
preintimation, noun
quasi-intimated, adjective
unintimated, adjective
Can be confused
intimate, intimidate.
Synonyms
1. See hint.
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Examples for intimating
  • First the name dropper is intimating that they are more important than you because they know so and so.
  • They may be intimating this when they say any-old structure seems to improve the efficiency rate without knowing why.
  • They were all potential gurus pointing the way to self-realization, each and every one intimating a message of empowerment.
  • They're intimating he did something more, but they're not telling us.
  • Despite writing teachers' best efforts, students still seem to regard the request to revise as intimating failure.
  • Complainants may find a less formal adversarial system less intimating and more accessible.
British Dictionary definitions for intimating

intimate1

/ˈɪntɪmɪt/
adjective
1.
characterized by a close or warm personal relationship an intimate friend
2.
deeply personal, private, or secret
3.
(euphemistic) (often postpositive) foll by with. having sexual relations (with)
4.
  1. (postpositive) foll by with. having a deep or unusual knowledge (of)
  2. (of knowledge) deep; extensive
5.
having a friendly, warm, or informal atmosphere an intimate nightclub
6.
of or relating to the essential part or nature of something; intrinsic
7.
denoting the informal second person of verbs and pronouns in French and other languages
noun
8.
a close friend
Derived Forms
intimately, adverb
intimateness, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin intimus very close friend, from (adj): innermost, deepest, from intus within

intimate2

/ˈɪntɪˌmeɪt/
verb (transitive; may take a clause as object)
1.
to hint; suggest
2.
to proclaim; make known
Derived Forms
intimater, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Late Latin intimāre to proclaim, from Latin intimus innermost
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Word Origin and History for intimating

intimate

adj.

1630s, "closely acquainted, very familiar," from Late Latin intimatus, past participle of intimare "make known, announce, impress," from Latin intimus "inmost" (adj.), "close friend" (n.), superlative of in "in" (see in- (2)). Used euphemistically in reference to women's underwear from 1904. Related: Intimately.

v.

"suggest indirectly," 1530s, back-formation from intimation, or else from Late Latin intimatus, past participle of intimare. Related: Intimated; intimating.

n.

1650s, "person with whom one is intimate," from intimate (adj.).

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