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intimation

[in-tuh-mey-shuh n] /ˌɪn təˈmeɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
the act of intimating, or making known indirectly.
2.
a hint; suggestion:
The death of his father was his first intimation of mortality.
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  • Evidently this was an intimation to him to keep away from the stables.

    Thoroughbreds W. A. Fraser
  • When be spoke, she was to answer frankly, and await the intimation of his will.

  • Betty confirms this intimation, that I must go to my uncle's on Thursday.

    Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • But how shall I do to make my fair-one keep her temper on the intimation?

    Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • She would have no one escort her to the station; she would give no intimation of her plans.

    Four Girls and a Compact Annie Hamilton Donnell
  • De Launay whispered an intimation that he was interested in the bail suggestion.

    Louisiana Lou William West Winter
  • And must not the soul be perplexed at this intimation which the sense gives of a hard which is also soft?

    The Republic Plato
  • We shall not say that the intimation has emanated from the Duke.

  • Mr. Bassett, I do not understand your intimation concernin' myself.

    The Depot Master Joseph C. Lincoln
  • It appeared to convey the intimation that the interview was at an end.

    Scaramouche Rafael Sabatini
British Dictionary definitions for intimation

intimation

/ˌɪntɪˈmeɪʃən/
noun
1.
a hint or suggestion
2.
(rare) an announcement or notice
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Word Origin and History for intimation
n.

mid-15c., "action of making known," from Middle French intimation (late 14c.), from Late Latin intimationem (nominative intimatio) "an announcement" (in Medieval Latin "a judicial notification"), noun of action from past participle stem of intimare (see intimate). Meaning "suggestion, hint" is from 1530s.

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