- to indicate or make known indirectly; hint; imply; suggest.
- Archaic. to make known; announce.
Origin of intimate2
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Examples from the Web for intimated
Judge Drioux intimated Picasso he was part of a larger gang of criminals who stole the Mona Lisa.Did Picasso Try to Steal the Mona Lisa?
October 23, 2014
And of those six candidates, only Ernst has intimated that she supports doing away with the agency.The GOP's Phony Push to Abolish the IRS
Tim Mak, Asawin Suebsaeng
August 29, 2014
And when asked about his remarks by a white reporter, Thompson intimated he could use such language because he is black.The Secret War On Black Republicans
July 11, 2014
In a follow up interview with the New York Times, he intimated that Palestinians—all Palestinians—were "not human."Long Island Anti-Muslim Free Speech Rally Forsakes Press Freedom
April 15, 2013
Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas intimated that Hagel may have taken $200,000 from American enemies like North Korea or Iran.Hagel Confirmed As Defense Secretary
February 26, 2013
The city-pent, as we have intimated, must take this season largely on faith.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
Mr Verloc intimated in a throaty, veiled murmur that he was no longer young.The Secret Agent
Lady Augusta intimated stiffly that she had not the honour of the baronet's acquaintance.The Channings
Mrs. Henry Wood
He was, as I have intimated, a person of lofty demeanour, with a vein of high seriousness.
As much was intimated by several observant townspeople who passed him.
- characterized by a close or warm personal relationshipan intimate friend
- deeply personal, private, or secret
- (often postpositive foll by with) euphemistic having sexual relations (with)
- (postpositive foll by with)having a deep or unusual knowledge (of)
- (of knowledge) deep; extensive
- having a friendly, warm, or informal atmospherean intimate nightclub
- of or relating to the essential part or nature of something; intrinsic
- denoting the informal second person of verbs and pronouns in French and other languages
- a close friend
- to hint; suggest
- to proclaim; make known
Word Origin and History for intimated
1630s, "closely acquainted, very familiar," from Late Latin intimatus, past participle of intimare "make known, announce, impress," from Latin intimus "inmost" (adj.), "close friend" (n.), superlative of in "in" (see in- (2)). Used euphemistically in reference to women's underwear from 1904. Related: Intimately.
"suggest indirectly," 1530s, back-formation from intimation, or else from Late Latin intimatus, past participle of intimare. Related: Intimated; intimating.
1650s, "person with whom one is intimate," from intimate (adj.).