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in·ti·mate 1

 (ĭn′tə-mĭt)
adj.
1. Characterized by close personal acquaintance or familiarity: intimate friends.
2. Relating to or indicative of one's deepest nature: intimate prayers.
3. Essential; innermost: the intimate structure of matter.
4. Marked by informality and privacy: an intimate nightclub.
5. Very personal; private: an intimate letter.
6. Of or involved in a sexual relationship: Have they been intimate?
n.
A close friend or confidant.

[Latin intimātus, past participle of intimāre, to make familiar with; see intimate2.]

in′ti·mate·ly adv.
in′ti·mate·ness n.

in·ti·mate 2

 (ĭn′tə-māt′)
tr.v. in·ti·mat·ed, in·ti·mat·ing, in·ti·mates
1.
a. To state or express indirectly: She intimated that she did not want him to call back. See Synonyms at suggest.
b. To make evident indirectly: His worn clothes intimated that he was in need of money.
2. Archaic To announce; proclaim.

[Latin intimāre, intimāt-, to make known, from intimus, innermost; see en in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]

in′ti·mat′er n.
in′ti·ma′tion n.

intimation

(ˌɪntɪˈmeɪʃən)
n
1. a hint or suggestion
2. (Journalism & Publishing) rare an announcement or notice
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.intimation - an indirect suggestion; "not a breath of scandal ever touched her"
proffer, proposition, suggestion - a proposal offered for acceptance or rejection; "it was a suggestion we couldn't refuse"
2.intimation - a slight suggestion or vague understanding; "he had no inkling what was about to happen"
suggestion - an idea that is suggested; "the picnic was her suggestion"

intimation

noun
1. hint, warning, suggestion, indication, allusion, inkling, insinuation I did not have any intimation that he was going to resign.
2. announcement, notice, communication, declaration their first public intimation of how they will spend the budget

intimation

noun
1. A subtle pointing out:
2. A slight amount or indication:
Informal: whisker.
Translations
إعْلام، تَبْليغ
sdělení
antydningtilkendegivelse
bejelentések
tilkynning
açıklamabilgi verme

intimation

[ˌɪntɪˈmeɪʃən] N
1. (= suggestion) → indicación f
it was the first intimation we had had of itfue la primera indicación que tuvimos de ello
did you have any intimation that this would happen?¿hubo algo que te hiciera pensar que esto sucedería?
2. (= hint) → insinuación f
her intimation that there would be redundancies worried mesu insinuación de que habría despidos me preocupó

intimation

[ˌɪntɪˈmeɪʃən] n (= inkling) → sentiment m (de qch)
an intimation of sth → le sentiment de qch
For the first time I felt some intimation of danger → Je ressentis pour la première fois un sentiment de danger.
I did not have any intimation he was going to resign → Rien ne me laissait soupçonner qu'il allait démissionner., Rien ne m'avait donné le sentiment qu'il allait démissionner.

intimation

nAndeutung f; he gave no intimation that he was going to resigner deutete durch nichts an or machte keinerlei Andeutungen, dass er zurücktreten würde

intimation

[ˌɪntɪˈmeɪʃn] n (hint) → accenno

intimate

(ˈintimət) adjective
1. close and affectionate. intimate friends.
2. private or personal. the intimate details of his correspondence.
3. (of knowledge of a subject) deep and thorough.
noun
a close friend.
(-meit) verb
to give information or announce.
ˌintiˈmation (-ˈmei-) noun
ˈintimacy (-məsi) noun
1. the quality of being intimate.
2. close friendship.
ˈintimately (-mət-) adverb
References in classic literature ?
This startling intimation was the first which they had of the woman's approach.
It is refreshing both to the spirits and to the body to indulge in psalmody, in befitting seasons," returned the master of song, unhesitatingly complying with her intimation to follow; "and nothing would relieve the mind more than such a consoling communion.
Seeing, however, that his forbearance had not the slightest effect, by an awful and unspeakable intimation with his twisted hand he warned off the foolish and infatuated man; but it was to no purpose.
Both negroes grinned a horrid grin, at this intimation.
They threw up their hands in speechless intimation that the road was simply paved with refreshment-peddlers.
Called thus suddenly away, she left me without the slightest intimation of who my father was.
It was the first intimation of his being returned from London.
Hannah entered with the intimation that "a poor lad was come, at that unlikely time, to fetch Mr.
Joseph mumbled indistinctly in the depths of the cellar, but gave no intimation of ascending; so his master dived down to him, leaving me VIS-A-VIS the ruffianly bitch and a pair of grim shaggy sheep-dogs, who shared with her a jealous guardianship over all my movements.
With this intimation, and with the customary messages, the letter, abruptly and confusedly, came to an end.
It was the voice of Scrooge's nephew, who came upon him so quickly that this was the first intimation he had of his approach.
It was not long after that - not more than two or three days - when he gave me the first intimation of what I tell you.