- 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 intimating
That was his way of intimating that it was of no consequence.
That is intimating, rather obliquely, to be sure, that you may alter your mind.An Old Sailor's Yarns
That was his gentle way of intimating that Claude was not invited to be a looker-on.Bonaventure
George Washington Cable
He pointed to the boat, intimating by his signs that she was to go on board.Hope and Have
A polite manner of intimating that the article in question has not been paid.The Proverbs of Scotland
- 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 intimating
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.).