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in·sin·u·ate

 (ĭn-sĭn′yo͞o-āt′)
v. in·sin·u·at·ed, in·sin·u·at·ing, in·sin·u·ates
v.tr.
1. To express or otherwise convey (a thought, for example) in an indirect or insidious way. See Synonyms at suggest.
2.
a. To maneuver or insert (oneself) into a place: "One of the boys insinuated himself next to me and squeezed my hand" (Caroline Preston).
b. To cause (oneself) to be involved or accepted by subtle and artful means: insinuated himself into court intrigues; insinuated herself into my good graces.
v.intr.
To make insinuations.

[Latin īnsinuāre, īnsinuāt- : in-, in; see in-2 + sinuāre, to curve (from sinus, curve).]

in·sin′u·a′tive adj.
in·sin′u·a′tor n.
in·sin′u·a·tor′y (-yo͞o-ə-tôr′ē) adj.

insinuate

(ɪnˈsɪnjʊˌeɪt)
vb
1. (may take a clause as object) to suggest by indirect allusion, hints, innuendo, etc
2. (tr) to introduce subtly or deviously
3. (tr) to cause (someone, esp oneself) to be accepted by gradual approaches or manoeuvres
[C16: from Latin insinuāre to wind one's way into, from in-2 + sinus curve]
inˈsinuative, inˈsinuatory adj
inˈsinuˌator n

in•sin•u•ate

(ɪnˈsɪn yuˌeɪt)

v. -at•ed, -at•ing. v.t.
1. to suggest or hint slyly: He insinuated that they were lying.
2. to instill or infuse subtly or artfully, as into the mind: to insinuate doubt.
3. to bring or introduce into a position or relation by indirect or artful methods: to insinuate oneself into favor.
v.i.
4. to make insinuations.
[1520–30; < Latin insinuāre to work in, instill. See in-2, sinus, -ate1]
in•sin′u•a`tive (-ˈsɪn yuˌeɪ tɪv, -yu ə-) in•sin′u•a•to`ry (-ˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i) adj.
in•sin′u•a`tive•ly, adv.
in•sin′u•a`tor, n.
syn: See hint.

insinuate


Past participle: insinuated
Gerund: insinuating

Imperative
insinuate
insinuate
Present
I insinuate
you insinuate
he/she/it insinuates
we insinuate
you insinuate
they insinuate
Preterite
I insinuated
you insinuated
he/she/it insinuated
we insinuated
you insinuated
they insinuated
Present Continuous
I am insinuating
you are insinuating
he/she/it is insinuating
we are insinuating
you are insinuating
they are insinuating
Present Perfect
I have insinuated
you have insinuated
he/she/it has insinuated
we have insinuated
you have insinuated
they have insinuated
Past Continuous
I was insinuating
you were insinuating
he/she/it was insinuating
we were insinuating
you were insinuating
they were insinuating
Past Perfect
I had insinuated
you had insinuated
he/she/it had insinuated
we had insinuated
you had insinuated
they had insinuated
Future
I will insinuate
you will insinuate
he/she/it will insinuate
we will insinuate
you will insinuate
they will insinuate
Future Perfect
I will have insinuated
you will have insinuated
he/she/it will have insinuated
we will have insinuated
you will have insinuated
they will have insinuated
Future Continuous
I will be insinuating
you will be insinuating
he/she/it will be insinuating
we will be insinuating
you will be insinuating
they will be insinuating
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been insinuating
you have been insinuating
he/she/it has been insinuating
we have been insinuating
you have been insinuating
they have been insinuating
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been insinuating
you will have been insinuating
he/she/it will have been insinuating
we will have been insinuating
you will have been insinuating
they will have been insinuating
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been insinuating
you had been insinuating
he/she/it had been insinuating
we had been insinuating
you had been insinuating
they had been insinuating
Conditional
I would insinuate
you would insinuate
he/she/it would insinuate
we would insinuate
you would insinuate
they would insinuate
Past Conditional
I would have insinuated
you would have insinuated
he/she/it would have insinuated
we would have insinuated
you would have insinuated
they would have insinuated
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.insinuate - introduce or insert (oneself) in a subtle manner; "He insinuated himself into the conversation of the people at the nearby table"
bring in, introduce - bring in a new person or object into a familiar environment; "He brought in a new judge"; "The new secretary introduced a nasty rumor"
2.insinuate - give to understand; "I insinuated that I did not like his wife"
hint, suggest - drop a hint; intimate by a hint

insinuate

verb imply, suggest, hint, indicate, intimate, allude The article insinuated that the President was lying.

insinuate

verb
1. To introduce gradually and slyly:
2. To convey an idea by indirect, subtle means:
Idiom: drop a hint.
Translations
insynuowaćprzypochlebiać się

insinuate

[ɪnˈsɪnjʊeɪt] VT
1. [+ object] → introducir (into en) to insinuate o.s. into sthintroducirse en algo
to insinuate o.s. into sb's favourganarse el favor de algn
2. (= hint) → insinuar
to insinuate thatinsinuar que, dar a entender que
what are you insinuating?¿qué insinúas?

insinuate

[ɪnˈsɪnjueɪt] vt
(= imply) → insinuer
What are you insinuating? → Qu'est-ce que tu insinues?
to insinuate (that) → insinuer que
to insinuate o.s. into sth → s'insinuer dans qch
He gradually insinuated himself into her life → Il s'insinua graduellement dans sa vie.

insinuate

vt
(= hint, suggest)andeuten (sth to sb etw jdm gegenüber); what are you insinuating?was wollen Sie damit sagen?; are you insinuating that I am lying?willst du damit sagen, dass ich lüge?
to insinuate oneself into somebody’s favour (Brit) or favor (US) /the smart setsich bei jdm/bei der Schickeria einschmeicheln

insinuate

[ɪnˈsɪnjʊˌeɪt] vtinsinuare
to insinuate o.s. into sb's favour → insinuarsi nelle grazie di qn
References in classic literature ?
Not that I presume to insinuate, however, that some people may not think you perfection already.
How dare you to insinuate that you don't know my character better than your words imply?
In placing, however, these different characters on a level, with respect to the weight of their opinions, I wish not to insinuate that there may not be a material difference in the purity of their intentions.
de Treville much, as he thus became certain that no foreign suggestion could insinuate itself between M.
We will leave Danglars struggling with the demon of hatred, and endeavoring to insinuate in the ear of the shipowner some evil suspicions against his comrade, and follow Dantes, who, after having traversed La Canebiere, took the Rue de Noailles, and entering a small house, on the left of the Allees de Meillan, rapidly ascended four flights of a dark staircase, holding the baluster with one hand, while with the other he repressed the beatings of his heart, and paused before a half-open door, from which he could see the whole of a small room.
Two or three times I endeavoured to insinuate myself between the canes, and by dint of coaxing and bending them to make some progress; but a bull-frog might as well have tried to work a passage through the teeth of a comb, and I gave up the attempt in despair.
There has always been one point of difference between us, Judge Temple, I may say, since our nativity,” he replied; not that I would insinuate that you are at all answerable for the acts of Nature; for a man is no more to be condemned for the misfortunes of his birth, than he is to be commended for the natural advantages he may possess; but on one point we may be said to have differed from our births, and they, you know, occurred within two days of each other.
She had a great deal to insinuate in her own praise as to general attention to the interest and comfort of his family, much exertion and many sacrifices to glance at in the form of hurried walks and sudden removals from her own fireside, and many excellent hints of distrust and economy to Lady Bertram and Edmund to detail, whereby a most considerable saving had always arisen, and more than one bad servant been detected.
Seizing up my last note for five hundred gulden, I contrived to insinuate it, unperceived, into the hand of the pale lady.
She is a woman who has always inspired me with distrust and dislike, but she managed to insinuate herself into her mistress's favour.
He had a dusky complexion and a bushy eyebrow, beneath which his eye wore a fixed and somewhat defiant expression; he seemed to be challenging you to insinuate that he was top-heavy.
Porkiss so far forgot himself as to insinuate that the presence of the officers could do no earthly good, and that the best thing would be to send the entire Regiment into hospital and "let the doctors look after them.