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[in-tuh-mey-shuh n] /ˌɪn təˈmeɪ ʃən/
the act of intimating, or making known indirectly.
a hint; suggestion:
The death of his father was his first intimation of mortality. Unabridged
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  • Now I give you my word that that news was the first intimation we had ever had that the Quicks were in England!

    Ravensdene Court J. S. (Joseph Smith) Fletcher
  • She would have no one escort her to the station; she would give no intimation of her plans.

    Four Girls and a Compact Annie Hamilton Donnell
  • I trusted to the little scene I had just contrived to prepare the mind of the Czaritza for this intimation.

    The International Spy Allen Upward
  • Mr. Bassett, I do not understand your intimation concernin' myself.

    The Depot Master Joseph C. Lincoln
  • That was the first intimation I had of its suppression or of its production here by the Crown.

  • Thorpe accepted in good part the intimation that silence was after all most decorous.

    The Market-Place Harold Frederic
  • But no word, no breath of intimation, had ruffled the serenity of the cross-roads.

  • He paused for a minute or two, as if waiting some intimation on my part.

    Arthur O'Leary Charles James Lever
  • The first intimation that we received of this determination was by a wooden rail being hurled against the window.

  • This was their first intimation of what the convention had really done.

    Union and Democracy Allen Johnson
British Dictionary definitions for intimation


a hint or suggestion
(rare) an announcement or notice
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Word Origin and History for intimation

mid-15c., "action of making known," from Middle French intimation (late 14c.), from Late Latin intimationem (nominative intimatio) "an announcement" (in Medieval Latin "a judicial notification"), noun of action from past participle stem of intimare (see intimate). Meaning "suggestion, hint" is from 1530s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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