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intimate2

[in-tuh-meyt]
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verb (used with object), in·ti·mat·ed, in·ti·mat·ing.
  1. to indicate or make known indirectly; hint; imply; suggest.
  2. Archaic. to make known; announce.
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Origin of intimate2

1530–40; < Late Latin intimātus, past participle of intimāre to impress (upon), make known, equivalent to intim(us) inmost (see intima) + -ātus -ate1
Related formsin·ti·mat·er, nounin·ti·ma·tion, nounpre·in·ti·ma·tion, nounqua·si-in·ti·mat·ed, adjectiveun·in·ti·mat·ed, adjective
Can be confusedintimate intimidate

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1. See hint.
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Examples from the Web for pre-intimation

Historical Examples

  • The reality of the pre-intimation of these shows their importance, and points out that preparation ought to be made for them.

    The Ordinance of Covenanting

    John Cunningham


British Dictionary definitions for pre-intimation

intimate1

adjective
  1. characterized by a close or warm personal relationshipan intimate friend
  2. deeply personal, private, or secret
  3. (often postpositive foll by with) euphemistic having sexual relations (with)
    1. (postpositive foll by with)having a deep or unusual knowledge (of)
    2. (of knowledge) deep; extensive
  4. having a friendly, warm, or informal atmospherean intimate nightclub
  5. of or relating to the essential part or nature of something; intrinsic
  6. denoting the informal second person of verbs and pronouns in French and other languages
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noun
  1. a close friend
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Derived Formsintimately, adverbintimateness, noun

Word Origin

C17: from Latin intimus very close friend, from (adj): innermost, deepest, from intus within

intimate2

verb (tr; may take a clause as object)
  1. to hint; suggest
  2. to proclaim; make known
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Derived Formsintimater, noun

Word Origin

C16: from Late Latin intimāre to proclaim, from Latin intimus innermost
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Word Origin and History for pre-intimation

intimate

adj.

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.

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intimate

v.

"suggest indirectly," 1530s, back-formation from intimation, or else from Late Latin intimatus, past participle of intimare. Related: Intimated; intimating.

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intimate

n.

1650s, "person with whom one is intimate," from intimate (adj.).

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