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insinuate

[ in-sin-yoo-eyt ]
/ 瑟n藞s瑟n yu藢e瑟t /
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verb (used with object), in路sin路u路at路ed, in路sin路u路at路ing.
to suggest or hint slyly: He insinuated that they were lying.
to instill or infuse subtly or artfully, as into the mind: to insinuate doubts through propaganda.
to bring or introduce into a position or relation by indirect or artful methods: to insinuate oneself into favor.
verb (used without object), in路sin路u路at路ed, in路sin路u路at路ing.
to make insinuations.
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Origin of insinuate

First recorded in 1520鈥30; from Latin insinu膩tus, past participle of insinu膩re 鈥渢o work in, instill.鈥 See in-2, sinuous, -ate1

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1. See hint.

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British Dictionary definitions for insinuate

insinuate
/ (瑟n藞s瑟nj蕣藢e瑟t) /

verb
(may take a clause as object) to suggest by indirect allusion, hints, innuendo, etc
(tr) to introduce subtly or deviously
(tr) to cause (someone, esp oneself) to be accepted by gradual approaches or manoeuvres

Derived forms of insinuate

insinuative or insinuatory, adjectiveinsinuator, noun

Word Origin for insinuate

C16: from Latin insinu膩re to wind one's way into, from in- 虏 + sinus curve
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