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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 privacy or intimacy; warmly cozy:
an intimate little café.
5.
(of an association, knowledge, understanding, etc.) arising from close personal connection or familiar experience.
6.
engaged in or characterized by sexual relations.
7.
(of clothing) worn next to the skin, under street or outer garments:
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, pertaining to, or characteristic of the inmost or essential nature; intrinsic:
the intimate structure of an organism.
12.
of, pertaining to, or existing in the inmost depths of the mind:
intimate beliefs.
noun
13.
an intimate friend or associate, especially a confidant.
Origin
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.
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British Dictionary definitions for intimately

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 intimately

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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