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insinuate

[in-sin-yoo-eyt] /ɪnˈsɪn yuˌeɪt/
verb (used with object), insinuated, insinuating.
1.
to suggest or hint slyly:
He insinuated that they were lying.
2.
to instill or infuse subtly or artfully, as into the mind:
to insinuate doubts through propaganda.
3.
to bring or introduce into a position or relation by indirect or artful methods:
to insinuate oneself into favor.
verb (used without object), insinuated, insinuating.
4.
to make insinuations.
Origin
1520-1530
1520-30; < Latin insinuātus, past participle of insinuāre to work in, instill. See in-2, sinuous, -ate1
Related forms
insinuative
[in-sin-yoo-ey-tiv, -yoo-uh-] /ɪnˈsɪn yuˌeɪ tɪv, -yu ə-/ (Show IPA),
insinuatory
[in-sin-yoo-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ɪnˈsɪn yu əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/ (Show IPA),
adjective
insinuatively, adverb
insinuator, noun
half-insinuated, adjective
preinsinuate, verb, preinsinuated, preinsinuating.
preinsinuative, adjective
uninsinuated, adjective
uninsinuative, adjective
Synonyms
1. See hint. 2. introduce, inject, inculcate.
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Examples for insinuated
  • Their thesis is often insinuated by asking rhetorical questions.
  • It insinuated itself into the community by setting up mutual aid societies and education for the poor.
  • However, it is not insinuated that all errors can be identified by these methods.
  • It has been insinuated that this motion was introduced by collusion with others.
  • As also was insinuated by comparing chief complaints, this suggested that the sixth patient was probably an unrelated case.
  • The individual had insinuated that he would not go peacefully.
  • The prosecutor insinuated that defense counsel somehow influenced her decision not to appear.
  • He has not suggested or insinuated that other evidence was available to support the claim.
  • The suspects during this investigation insinuated that they were members of a gang.
  • Peenemunde was photographed from the air and secret agents were insinuated into the army of foreign workers at that place.
British Dictionary definitions for insinuated

insinuate

/ɪnˈsɪnjʊˌeɪt/
verb
1.
(may take a clause as object) to suggest by indirect allusion, hints, innuendo, etc
2.
(transitive) to introduce subtly or deviously
3.
(transitive) to cause (someone, esp oneself) to be accepted by gradual approaches or manoeuvres
Derived Forms
insinuative, insinuatory, adjective
insinuator, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin insinuāre to wind one's way into, from in-² + sinus curve
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Word Origin and History for insinuated

insinuate

v.

1520s, from Latin insinuatus, past participle of insinuare "to throw in, push in, make a way; creep in, intrude, bring in by windings and curvings, wind one's way into," from in- "in" (see in- (2)) + sinuare "to wind, bend, curve," from sinus "a curve, winding." Sense of "to introduce tortuously or indirectly" is from 1640s. Related: Insinuated; insinuating; insinuatingly.

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