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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.


1. characterized by a close or warm personal relationship: an intimate friend.
2. deeply personal, private, or secret
3. euphemistic (foll by: with) having sexual relations (with)
a. (foll by: with) having a deep or unusual knowledge (of)
b. (of knowledge) deep; extensive
5. having a friendly, warm, or informal atmosphere: an intimate nightclub.
6. of or relating to the essential part or nature of something; intrinsic
7. (Linguistics) denoting the informal second person of verbs and pronouns in French and other languages
a close friend
[C17: from Latin intimus very close friend, from (adj): innermost, deepest, from intus within]
ˈintimately adv
ˈintimateness, intimity n


vb (tr; may take a clause as object)
1. to hint; suggest
2. to proclaim; make known
[C16: from Late Latin intimāre to proclaim, from Latin intimus innermost]
ˈintiˌmater n


(ˈɪn tə mɪt)

1. associated in close personal relations: an intimate friend.
2. characterized by or involving warm friendship or a familiar association or feeling: an intimate greeting.
3. private; closely personal: one's intimate affairs.
4. characterized by or suggesting privacy or intimacy; cozy: an intimate café.
5. (of an association, knowledge, understanding, etc.) arising from close personal connection or familiar experience.
6. engaging in or characterized by sexual relations.
7. (of apparel) worn next to the skin.
8. showing a close union or combination of particles or elements: an intimate mixture.
9. inmost; personal: intimate secrets.
10. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of the inmost or essential nature: the intimate structure of an organism.
11. an intimate friend or associate.
[1600–10; < Latin intim(us) a close friend (n. use of the adj.)]
in′ti•mate•ly, adv.
in′ti•mate•ness, n.
syn: See familiar.


(ˈɪn təˌmeɪt)

v.t. -mat•ed, -mat•ing.
to indicate or make known indirectly; hint; imply; suggest.
[1530–40; < Late Latin intimāre to impress (upon)]
in′ti•mat`er, n.
in`ti•ma′tion, n.
syn: See hint.


Past participle: intimated
Gerund: intimating

I intimate
you intimate
he/she/it intimates
we intimate
you intimate
they intimate
I intimated
you intimated
he/she/it intimated
we intimated
you intimated
they intimated
Present Continuous
I am intimating
you are intimating
he/she/it is intimating
we are intimating
you are intimating
they are intimating
Present Perfect
I have intimated
you have intimated
he/she/it has intimated
we have intimated
you have intimated
they have intimated
Past Continuous
I was intimating
you were intimating
he/she/it was intimating
we were intimating
you were intimating
they were intimating
Past Perfect
I had intimated
you had intimated
he/she/it had intimated
we had intimated
you had intimated
they had intimated
I will intimate
you will intimate
he/she/it will intimate
we will intimate
you will intimate
they will intimate
Future Perfect
I will have intimated
you will have intimated
he/she/it will have intimated
we will have intimated
you will have intimated
they will have intimated
Future Continuous
I will be intimating
you will be intimating
he/she/it will be intimating
we will be intimating
you will be intimating
they will be intimating
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been intimating
you have been intimating
he/she/it has been intimating
we have been intimating
you have been intimating
they have been intimating
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been intimating
you will have been intimating
he/she/it will have been intimating
we will have been intimating
you will have been intimating
they will have been intimating
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been intimating
you had been intimating
he/she/it had been intimating
we had been intimating
you had been intimating
they had been intimating
I would intimate
you would intimate
he/she/it would intimate
we would intimate
you would intimate
they would intimate
Past Conditional
I would have intimated
you would have intimated
he/she/it would have intimated
we would have intimated
you would have intimated
they would have intimated
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.intimate - someone to whom private matters are confidedintimate - someone to whom private matters are confided
confidante - a female confidant
friend - a person you know well and regard with affection and trust; "he was my best friend at the university"
repository, secretary - a person to whom a secret is entrusted
Verb1.intimate - give to understand; "I insinuated that I did not like his wife"
hint, suggest - drop a hint; intimate by a hint
2.intimate - imply as a possibility; "The evidence suggests a need for more clarification"
imply - suggest as a logically necessary consequence; in logic
make out - imply or suggest; "Your remarks make me out to be stupid"
Adj.1.intimate - marked by close acquaintance, association, or familiarity; "intimate friend"; "intimate relations between economics, politics, and legal principles" - V.L. Parrington
close - close in relevance or relationship; "a close family"; "we are close sympathy with..."; "close kin"; "a close resemblance"
2.intimate - having or fostering a warm or friendly and informal atmosphere; "had a cozy chat"; "a relaxed informal manner"; "an intimate cocktail lounge"; "the small room was cozy and intimate"
friendly - characteristic of or befitting a friend; "friendly advice"; "a friendly neighborhood"; "the only friendly person here"; "a friendly host and hostess"
3.intimate - having mutual interests or affections; of established friendship; "on familiar terms"; "pretending she is on an intimate footing with those she slanders"
close - close in relevance or relationship; "a close family"; "we are close sympathy with..."; "close kin"; "a close resemblance"
4.intimate - involved in a sexual relationship; "the intimate (or sexual) relations between husband and wife"; "she had been intimate with many men"; "he touched her intimate parts"
sexy - marked by or tending to arouse sexual desire or interest; "feeling sexy"; "sexy clothes"; "sexy poses"; "a sexy book"; "sexy jokes"
5.intimate - innermost or essential; "the inner logic of Cubism"; "the internal contradictions of the theory"; "the intimate structure of matter"
intrinsic, intrinsical - belonging to a thing by its very nature; "form was treated as something intrinsic, as the very essence of the thing"- John Dewey
6.intimate - thoroughly acquainted through study or experience; "this girl, so intimate with nature"-W.H.Hudson; "knowledgeable about the technique of painting"- Herbert Read
experienced, experient - having experience; having knowledge or skill from observation or participation


1. close, dear, loving, near, warm, friendly, familiar, thick (informal), devoted, confidential, cherished, bosom, inseparable, nearest and dearest I discussed this only with my intimate friends.
close remote, distant, superficial
2. sexual, romantic, private, sexy, erotic, sensual, carnal, of the flesh, coital their intimate moments with their boyfriends
3. private, personal, confidential, special, individual, particular, secret, exclusive, privy He wrote about the intimate details of his family life.
private known, open, public
5. cosy, relaxed, friendly, informal, harmonious, snug, comfy (informal), warm an intimate candlelit dinner for two
1. friend, close friend, buddy (informal), mate (informal), pal, comrade, chum (informal), mucker (Brit. slang), crony, main man (slang, chiefly U.S.), china (Brit. slang), homeboy (slang, chiefly U.S.), cobber (Austral. or old-fashioned N.Z. informal), bosom friend, familiar, confidant or confidante, (constant) companion They are to have an autumn wedding, an intimate of the couple confides.
friend enemy, stranger, foe


1. suggest, indicate, hint, imply, warn, allude, let it be known, insinuate, give (someone) to understand, drop a hint, tip (someone) the wink (Brit. informal) He intimated that he was contemplating leaving the company.
2. announce, state, declare, communicate, impart, make known He had intimated to them his readiness to come to a settlement.

intimate 1

1. Very closely associated:
Informal: thick.
Slang: tight.
Idiom: hand in glove with.
2. Characterized by a close and thorough acquaintance:
3. Of, relating to, or arising from one's mental or spiritual being:
Slang: gut.
4. Indicating intimacy and mutual trust:
A person whom one knows well, likes, and trusts:
Informal: bud, buddy.
Slang: sidekick.

intimate 2

To convey an idea by indirect, subtle means:
Idiom: drop a hint.
حَميمحَمِيمٌخاص، شَخْصيصديق حَميمعَميق، مُفَصَّل
důvěrnýdůvěrný přítelintimníoznámitpodrobný
bensõ barátmeghitt
artima draugystėartimaiartimas draugasartimumasasmeniškas
ciešsdarīt zināmudziļšintīmspamatīgs
dôverný priateľ
yakınyakın arkadaşaçıklamakbeyan/ifade etmekcan dostu
thân mật


A. ADJ [ˈɪntɪmɪt] [relationship, contact, conversation, meal] → íntimo; [friend] → íntimo, de confianza; [friendship, connection] → íntimo, estrecho; [details] → íntimo, personal
it's an intimate little restaurantes un pequeño restaurante de ambiente íntimo
an intimate atmosphereun ambiente íntimo
to be/become intimate with sb (friendly) → intimar con algn; (sexually) → tener relaciones (íntimas) con algn
intimate hygiene (euph) → higiene f íntima
to have an intimate knowledge of a subjecttener un profundo conocimiento de una materia, conocer una materia a fondo
he had an intimate knowledge of the cityconocía muy bien la ciudad
to be on intimate terms with sbser íntimo de algn
B. [ˈɪntɪmeɪt] VTinsinuar, dar a entender
he intimated his approvalinsinuó or dio a entender que lo aprobaba
she intimated that she was ready for a changeinsinuó or dio a entender que estaba lista para un cambio
he intimated to the president thatle insinuó or le dio a entender al presidente que ...
C. [ˈɪntɪmɪt] Namigo/a m/f de confianza (pej) → compinche mf


[friend] → intime
[dinner, meal, conversation] → intime
[knowledge] → intime
to have an intimate knowledge of sth → avoir une connaissance intime de qch
someone with an intimate knowledge of the place → quelqu'un ayant une connaissance intime de l'endroit
(= private) [detail] → intime; [moment] → intime
to be intimate (sexually)avoir des relations intimes
She denied that they had ever been intimate → Elle a nié qu'ils aient jamais eu de relations intimes.
[ˈɪntɪmeɪt] vtsignifier
She intimated her disapproval → Elle signifia sa désaprobbation.
to intimate sth to sb → signifier qch à qn
He had intimated to them his readiness to come to a settlement → Il leur avait signifié qu'il était prêt à parvenir à un accord.
to intimate that ... → indiquer que ..., signaler que ...
He intimated that he had a few words to say → Il indiqua qu'il avait quelques mots à dire., Il signala qu'il avait quelques mots à dire.


friendeng, vertraut, intim; (sexually) → intim; we’re friends but we are not intimatewir sind befreundet, stehen aber nicht auf so vertraulichem Fuß; to be on intimate terms with somebodymit jdm auf vertraulichem Fuß stehen; he was a bit too intimate with my wifeer war ein bisschen zu vertraulich mit meiner Frau; to be/become intimate with somebodymit jdm vertraut sein/werden; (sexually) → mit jdm intim sein/werden
(fig)intim (geh); feelings, thoughtsgeheim, intim; connectioneng; knowledgegründlich; to have an intimate knowledge of somethingüber etw (acc)in allen Einzelheiten Bescheid wissen
freshnessim Intimbereich; intimate deodorantIntimspray m or nt
nVertraute(r) mf


vtandeuten; he intimated to them that they should stoper gab ihnen zu verstehen, dass sie aufhören sollten


[adj ˈɪntɪˌmɪt; vb ˈɪntɪmeɪt]
1. adjintimo/a; (knowledge) → profondo/a
to be/become intimate with sb (friendly) → essere/diventare amico/a intimo/a di qn (sexually) → avere rapporti intimi con qn
2. vt to intimate (that)far or lasciar capire (che)


(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


حَمِيمٌ důvěrný intim intim οικείος íntimo läheinen intime intiman intimo 親しい 친밀한 intiem intim intymny íntimo близкий intim สนิท yakın thân mật 亲密的


adj íntimo
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