the act of intimating, or making known indirectly.
a hint; suggestion: The death of his father was his first intimation of mortality. Unabridged


2 [in-tuh-meyt]
verb (used with object), intimated, intimating.
to indicate or make known indirectly; hint; imply; suggest.
Archaic. to make known; announce.

1530–40; < Late Latin intimātus, past participle of intimāre to impress (upon), make known, equivalent to intim(us) inmost (see intima) + -ātus -ate1

intimater, noun
intimation, noun
preintimation, noun
quasi-intimated, adjective
unintimated, adjective

intimate, intimidate.

1. See hint. Unabridged
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intimate1 (ˈɪntɪmɪt)
adj (foll by with) (foll by with)
1.  characterized by a close or warm personal relationship: an intimate friend
2.  deeply personal, private, or secret
3.  euphemistic having sexual relations (with)
4.  a.  having a deep or unusual knowledge (of)
 b.  (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
8.  a close friend
[C17: from Latin intimus very close friend, from (adj): innermost, deepest, from intus within]

intimate2 (ˈɪntɪˌmeɪt)
1.  to hint; suggest
2.  to proclaim; make known
[C16: from Late Latin intimāre to proclaim, from Latin intimus innermost]

intimation (ˌɪntɪˈmeɪʃən)
1.  a hint or suggestion
2.  rare an announcement or notice

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Word Origin & History

1630s, "closely acquainted, very familiar," from L.L. intimatus, pp. of intimare "make known, announce, impress," from L. intimus "inmost" (adj.), "close friend" (n.), superl. of in "in." Used euphemistically of women's underwear from 1904.

1530s, back formation from intimation (q.v.).

"action of making known," mid-15c., from M.Fr. intimation (late 14c.), from L.L. intimationem (nom. intimatio) "an announcement" (in M.L. "a judicial notification"), from intimare (see intimate).
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Example sentences
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.
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