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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, 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
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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Examples from the web for intimates
  • So already the reader is at several veiled removes even as the speaker intimates that she's on the cusp of making a revelation.
  • Only a few of his intimates knew about his family background.
  • Yet he managed to hide all this from everyone but his doctors and intimates.
  • In all our accounts of him he is represented as surrounded with intimates.
  • He sobbed convulsively and hyperventilated before many of his intimates, saying that his destroyers had finally succeeded.
  • In a long post, he says the whole blog thing is taking too much of his time, and intimates that he may not be doing this for ever.
  • He intimates that his motive for breaking the font had been maliciously represented by his enemies.
  • The estranged couple and their intimates aren't the only ones with an interest in this divorce.
  • The small group of intimates who watch with her has gradually diminished.
  • Nicole has a long history of troubled behavior, however, and lately her intimates have grown worried.
British Dictionary definitions for intimates

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 intimates

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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