insinuate

[ in-sin-yoo-eyt ]
/ ɪnˈsɪn yuˌeɪt /

verb (used with object), in·sin·u·at·ed, in·sin·u·at·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·sin·u·at·ed, in·sin·u·at·ing.

to make insinuations.

Origin of insinuate

1520–30; < Latin insinuātus, past participle of insinuāre to work in, instill. See in-2, sinuous, -ate1
SYNONYMS FOR insinuate
1 See hint.
2 introduce, inject, inculcate.
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insinuate

/ (ɪnˈsɪnjʊˌeɪt) /

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 Formsinsinuative or insinuatory, adjectiveinsinuator, noun

Word Origin for insinuate

C16: from Latin insinuāre to wind one's way into, from in- ² + sinus curve
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Word Origin and History for insinuate

insinuate


v.

1520s, from Latin insinuatus, past participle of insinuare "to throw in, push in, make a way; creep in, intrude, bring in by windings and curvings, wind one's way into," from in- "in" (see in- (2)) + sinuare "to wind, bend, curve," from sinus "a curve, winding." Sense of "to introduce tortuously or indirectly" is from 1640s. Related: Insinuated; insinuating; insinuatingly.

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