intimate

1 [in-tuh-mit]
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:
1600–10; < Latin intim(us) a close friend (noun use of the adj.; see intima) + -ate1

intimately, adverb
intimateness, noun


1. dear. See familiar. 3. privy, secret. 8. exacting, thorough. 13. crony.
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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
 
n
8.  a close friend
 
[C17: from Latin intimus very close friend, from (adj): innermost, deepest, from intus within]
 
'intimately1
 
adv
 
'intimateness1
 
n

intimate2 (ˈɪntɪˌmeɪt)
 
vb
1.  to hint; suggest
2.  to proclaim; make known
 
[C16: from Late Latin intimāre to proclaim, from Latin intimus innermost]
 
'intimater2
 
n

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intimate
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.

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