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insinuate

[in-sin-yoo-eyt] /ɪnˈsɪn yuˌeɪt/
verb (used with object), insinuated, insinuating.
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 doubts through propaganda.
3.
to bring or introduce into a position or relation by indirect or artful methods:
to insinuate oneself into favor.
verb (used without object), insinuated, insinuating.
4.
to make insinuations.
Origin of insinuate
1520-1530
1520-30; < Latin insinuātus, past participle of insinuāre to work in, instill. See in-2, sinuous, -ate1
Related forms
insinuative
[in-sin-yoo-ey-tiv, -yoo-uh-] /ɪnˈsɪn yuˌeɪ tɪv, -yu ə-/ (Show IPA),
insinuatory
[in-sin-yoo-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ɪnˈsɪn yu əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/ (Show IPA),
adjective
insinuatively, adverb
insinuator, noun
half-insinuated, adjective
preinsinuate, verb, preinsinuated, preinsinuating.
preinsinuative, adjective
uninsinuated, adjective
uninsinuative, adjective
Synonyms
1. See hint. 2. introduce, inject, inculcate.
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  • "Do you good," he insinuated, pushing the bottle gently over.

    The Black Bag Louis Joseph Vance
  • In secret he insinuated into the lady's ear that she was admired by the prince.

  • Yes; but she had not been his, insinuated vanity; another had whipped her off before his eyes.

    The Strollers Frederic S. Isham
  • "And get others to see it, too," I insinuated, with a glance at the bowed back by his side.

    Lord Jim Joseph Conrad
  • He felt Razumov's reluctance, and insinuated his hand under his arm caressingly.

    Under Western Eyes Joseph Conrad
  • "But a woman needs a man to protect and work for her," insinuated Crane.

    The Young Miner Horatio Alger, Jr.
  • Things were being said of him, charges were insinuated, which he declared to himself to be false.

    Cousin Henry

    Anthony Trollope
British Dictionary definitions for insinuated

insinuate

/ɪnˈsɪnjʊˌeɪt/
verb
1.
(may take a clause as object) to suggest by indirect allusion, hints, innuendo, etc
2.
(transitive) to introduce subtly or deviously
3.
(transitive) to cause (someone, esp oneself) to be accepted by gradual approaches or manoeuvres
Derived Forms
insinuative, insinuatory, adjective
insinuator, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin insinuāre to wind one's way into, from in-² + sinus curve
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Word Origin and History for insinuated

insinuate

v.

1520s, from Latin insinuatus, past participle of insinuare "to throw in, push in, make a way; creep in, intrude, bring in by windings and curvings, wind one's way into," from in- "in" (see in- (2)) + sinuare "to wind, bend, curve," from sinus "a curve, winding." Sense of "to introduce tortuously or indirectly" is from 1640s. Related: Insinuated; insinuating; insinuatingly.

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