- 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 pre-intimation
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
- 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 pre-intimation
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.).