intimate


intimate
I.
/ˈɪntəmət / (say 'intuhmuht)

adjective
1. associated in close personal relations: an intimate friend.
2. characterised by or involving personally close or familiar association: an intimate gathering.
3. private; closely personal: one's intimate affairs.
4. maintaining sexual relations.
5. aimed at establishing an atmosphere of friendliness and informality, as in a small theatre, restaurant, etc.
6. (of acquaintance, knowledge, etc.) arising from close personal connection or familiar experience.
7. detailed; deep: a more intimate analysis.
8. indicating a close union or combination of particles or elements: an intimate mixture.
9. inmost; deep within.
10. relating to the inmost or essential nature; intrinsic: the intimate structure of an organism.
11. relating to or existing in the inmost mind: intimate beliefs.
noun
12. an intimate friend or associate.
{in form from Late Latin intimātus, past participle, put or pressed into, but with sense of Latin intimus inmost}
intimately, adverb
intimateness, noun
II.
/ˈɪntəmeɪt / (say 'intuhmayt)

verb (t) (intimated, intimating)
1. to make known indirectly; hint; suggest: *`Not ter day,' said the bridegroom, but his voice intimated that in all probability she would have been able to come tomorrow. –barbara baynton, 1902.
2. to make known, especially formally; announce: *The curate … solemnly intimated that he would regard the confidence as sacred –norman lindsay, 1913.
{Late Latin intimātus, past participle, put or pressed into, announced}
intimation /ɪntəˈmeɪʃən/ (say intuh'mayshuhn), noun

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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  • 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

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

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  • 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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