intimate
I. transitive verb (-mated; -mating) Etymology: Late Latin intimatus, past participle of intimare to put in, announce, from Latin intimus innermost, superlative of Old Latin *interus inward — more at interior Date: 1522 1. to make known especially publicly or formally ; announce 2. to communicate delicately and indirectly ; hint Synonyms: see suggestintimater nounintimation noun II. adjective Etymology: alteration of obsolete intime, from Latin intimus Date: 1632 1. a. intrinsic, essential b. belonging to or characterizing one's deepest nature 2. marked by very close association, contact, or familiarity <
intimate knowledge of the law
>
3. a. marked by a warm friendship developing through long association <
intimate friends
>
b. suggesting informal warmth or privacy <
intimate clubs
>
4. of a very personal or private nature <
intimate secrets
>
intimately adverbintimateness noun III. noun Date: 1659 an intimate friend or confidant

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  • intimate — [in′tə mət; ] for v. [, in′təmāt΄] adj. [altered (infl. by the v.) < earlier intime < Fr < L intimus, superl. of intus, within: see INTESTINE] 1. pertaining to the inmost character of a thing; fundamental [the intimate structure of the… …   English World dictionary

  • Intimate — may refer to:* Intimate examination, a physical examination for medical purposes that includes examination of the breasts, genitalia, or rectum of a patient * Intimate ion pair, the interactions between a cation, anion and surrounding solvent… …   Wikipedia

  • Intimate — In ti*mate, a. [Formerly intime, L. intimus, a superl. corresponding to the compar. interior: cf. F. intime. The form intimate is due to confusion with intimate, v. t. See {Interior}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Innermost; inward; internal; deep seated;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Intimate — In ti*mate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Intimated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Intimating}.] [L. intimatus, p. p. of intimare to put, bring, drive, or press into, to announce, make known, from intimus the inmost. See {Intimate}, a.] [1913 Webster] 1. To announce; …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intimate — [adj1] friendly, devoted affectionate, bosom, buddy buddy*, cherished, chummy*, close, clubby*, comfy, confidential, cozy, dear, dearest, faithful, fast, fond, loving, mellow, mix, near, nearest, next, nice, regular, roommate, snug, warm; concept …   New thesaurus

  • intimate — Ⅰ. intimate [1] ► ADJECTIVE 1) closely acquainted; familiar. 2) private and personal. 3) euphemistic having a sexual relationship. 4) involving very close connection: an intimate involvement. 5) (of knowledge) detailed. 6) …   English terms dictionary

  • intimate# — intimate vb *suggest, imply, hint, insinuate Analogous words: indicate, betoken, attest, bespeak: allude, advert, *refer Contrasted words: *express, voice, utter, vent, air: declare, *assert, affirm, aver, avouch, profess: *suppress, repress:… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Intimate — In ti*mate, n. An intimate friend or associate; a confidant. Gov. of the Tongue. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intimate — I adjective allied, associated with, brotherly, close, closely acquainted, closely associated, confidential, confiding, coniunctus, consociated, faithful, familiar, familiaris, federate, fraternal, friendly, guarded, inmost, innermost, intimus,… …   Law dictionary

  • intimate — in|ti|mate1 [ˈıntımıt] adj ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(restaurant/meal/place)¦ 2¦(friends)¦ 3 intimate knowledge of something 4¦(private)¦ 5¦(sex)¦ 6 intimate link/connection etc ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ [Date: 1600 1700; Origin: intime intimate (1600 1700), from Latin intimus;… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • intimate — intimates, intimating, intimated (The adjective and noun are pronounced [[t]ɪ̱ntɪmət[/t]]. The verb is pronounced [[t]ɪ̱ntɪmeɪt[/t]].) 1) ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n If you have an intimate friendship with someone, you know them very well and like them …   English dictionary

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