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intimate1

[in-tuh-mit] /ˈɪn tə mɪt/
adjective
1.
associated in close personal relations:
an intimate friend.
2.
characterized by or involving warm friendship or a personally close or familiar association or feeling:
an intimate greeting.
3.
very private; closely personal:
one's intimate affairs.
4.
characterized by or suggesting an atmosphere conducive to privacy or intimacy; warmly cozy:
an intimate little café where we can relax and talk.
5.
(of an association, knowledge, understanding, etc.) arising from close personal connection or familiar experience.
6.
engaged in or characterized by sexual relations:
too young to handle an intimate relationship.
7.
(of women's clothing) worn next to the skin, under street or outer garments:
a store that sells intimate apparel.
8.
detailed; deep:
a more intimate analysis.
9.
showing a close union or combination of particles or elements:
an intimate mixture.
10.
inmost; deep within.
11.
of, relating to, or characteristic of the inmost or essential nature; intrinsic:
the intimate structure of an organism.
12.
of, relating to, or existing in the inmost depths of the mind:
intimate beliefs.
noun
13.
an intimate friend or associate, especially a confidant.
Origin of intimate1
1600-1610
1600-10; < Latin intim(us) a close friend (noun use of the adj.; see intima) + -ate1
Related forms
intimately, adverb
intimateness, noun
Synonyms
1. dear. See familiar. 3. privy, secret. 8. exacting, thorough. 13. crony.

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
1530-40; < 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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  • Only to intimate friends is there aught singular in his behaving as he now does.

    Gwen Wynn Mayne Reid
  • This was Katherine Holroyd, a sympathetic observer and everybody's intimate.

    Viviette William J. Locke
  • Is there anybody in the world but you who chooses his intimate friends from among common soldiers?

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  • He was the warm supporter and intimate friend of the celebrated Canning.

    The Grand Old Man Richard B. Cook
  • To any other nation, sport, no matter how intimate a part of the national life, in certain emergencies becomes trivial.

British Dictionary definitions for intimate

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 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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