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v. in·sin·u·at·ed, in·sin·u·at·ing, in·sin·u·ates
1. To express or otherwise convey (a thought, for example) in an indirect or insidious way. See Synonyms at suggest.
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.
To make insinuations.
[Latin īnsinuāre, īnsinuāt- : in-, in; see in-2 + sinuāre, to curve (from sinus, curve).]
in·sin′u·a·tor′y (-yo͞o-ə-tôr′ē) adj.
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