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in·ti·mate 1

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?
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

tr.v. in·ti·mat·ed, in·ti·mat·ing, in·ti·mates
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 Indo-European roots.]

in′ti·mat′er n.
in′ti·ma′tion n.
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Adv.1.intimately - in a close manner; "the two phenomena are intimately connected"; "the person most nearly concerned"
2.intimately - with great or especially intimate knowledge; "we knew them well"
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1. closely, very well, personally, warmly, familiarly, tenderly, affectionately, confidentially, confidingly You have to be willing to get to know your partner intimately.
2. fully, very well, thoroughly, in detail, inside out, to the core, through and through a golden age of musicians whose work she knew intimately
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[ˈɪntɪmɪtlɪ] ADVíntimamente
to be intimately acquainted with sb (in a friendly way) → conocer a algn íntimamente
to be intimately acquainted with a subjecttener un profundo conocimiento de una materia, conocer una materia a fondo
to be intimately involved in sthestar muy involucrado en algo
Inspector Green was intimately involved in the caseel Inspector Green estaba muy involucrado en el caso or estaba metido a fondo en el caso
to know sb intimately (as friends) → conocer a algn íntimamente; (sexually) → tener relaciones íntimas con algn
musicians whose work she knew intimatelymúsicos mpl cuyo trabajo conocía a fondo or en profundidad
to talk intimatelytener una conversación íntima
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[ˈɪntɪmətli] adv
[talk] → intimement
[know] → intimement
He knew the contents of all three files intimately → Il connaissait intimement le contenu de chacun des trois dossiers.
musicians whose work she knew intimately → des musiciens dont elle connaissait le travail intimement
to be intimately acquainted with sth (= know well) → avoir une connaissance intime de qch
He claimed to be intimately acquainted with her poems → Il prétendait avoir une connaissance intime de ses poèmes.
(= closely) to be intimately involved with sth/sb [person] → être intimement lié à qch/qn
She's been intimately involved with the clinic for 15 years → Elle est intimement liée à cette clinique depuis 15 ans.
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adv acquaintedbestens; behave, speakvertraulich; related, connectedeng; knowgenau, gründlich; we know each other but not intimatelywir kennen uns, aber nicht besonders gut; he is intimately involved in local politicser ist tief in Lokalpolitik verwickelt
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[ˈɪntɪmɪtlɪ] advintimamente
to talk intimately with sb → scambiare confidenze con qn
to be intimately involved in sth → essere direttamente coinvolto/a in qc
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(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.
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
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References in classic literature ?
You know how I have loved you; you can intimately judge of my present feelings, but I am not so weak as to find indulgence in describing them to a woman who will glory in having excited their anguish, but whose affection they have never been able to gain.
It is true I knew him more intimately than most: I met him first before ever he became a painter, and I saw him not infrequently during the difficult years he spent in Paris; but I do not suppose I should ever have set down my recollections if the hazards of the war had not taken me to Tahiti.
But the recognition which is most intimately connected with the plot and action is, as we have said, the recognition of persons.
His god, over all gods of sea and jungle, he worshipped, and, himself ever intimately allowed in the presence, paradise was wherever he and his god, the steward, might be.
"Because"--a phrase came to her, and she accepted it--"you're the sort who can't know any one intimately."
It was at the Bar cafe that I became intimately acquainted with him.
IN THE COURSE of occasional visits to Canada many years since, I became intimately acquainted with some of the principal partners of the great Northwest Fur Company, who at that time lived in genial style at Montreal, and kept almost open house for the stranger.
'You are intimately acquainted, I know, with Lady Barville, the late Lord Montbarry's eldest sister.
There was a lady, one Mrs Hunt, who had often seen Jones at the house where he lodged, being intimately acquainted with the women there, and indeed a very great friend to Mrs Miller.
Pontellier, though she had married a Creole, was not thoroughly at home in the society of Creoles; never before had she been thrown so intimately among them.
But in the depths of his heart, the older he became, and the more intimately he knew his brother, the more and more frequently the thought struck him that this faculty of working for the public good, of which he felt himself utterly devoid, was possibly not so much a quality as a lack of something --not a lack of good, honest, noble desires and tastes, but a lack of vital force, of what is called heart, of that impulse which drives a man to choose someone out of the innumerable paths of life, and to care only for that one.
The moral or lesson should be so plain, and so intimately interwoven with, and so necessarily dependent on, the narration, that every reader should be compelled to give to it the same undeniable interpretation.