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intimation

[in-tuh-mey-shuh n] /ˌɪn təˈmeɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
the act of intimating, or making known indirectly.
2.
a hint; suggestion:
The death of his father was his first intimation of mortality.

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 intimations
  • But there are intimations of a higher power at work as the story continues.
  • By his own admission, and the intimations of others, he has a temper too.
  • On the contrary, the president seems to have no intimations of mortality.
  • He sensed intimations of the marvellous everywhere he looked.
  • But now his pot belly is gone, his left arm looks nearly paralysed, and intimations of his mortality abound.
  • She was zealous, too, in guarding the name against any intimations of vulgarity.
  • Look at her expression and you see intimations of an entirely justified despair.
  • intimations of figures sometimes haunted his abstractions, only to be visibly suppressed-he was a knight of emotional restraint.
  • Spiritual intimations trickle through all minds, however obscurely, and even while discounted or ignored.
  • From the start, though, there are ominous intimations.
British Dictionary definitions for intimations

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 intimations

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.).

intimation

n.

mid-15c., "action of making known," from Middle French intimation (late 14c.), from Late Latin intimationem (nominative intimatio) "an announcement" (in Medieval Latin "a judicial notification"), noun of action from past participle stem of intimare (see intimate). Meaning "suggestion, hint" is from 1530s.

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