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.
to make insinuations.
- in·sin·u·a·tive [in-sin-yoo-ey-tiv, -yoo-uh-], /ɪnˈsɪn yuˌeɪ tɪv, -yu ə-/, in·sin·u·a·to·ry [in-sin-yoo-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee], /ɪnˈsɪn yu əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/, adjective
- in·sin·u·a·tive·ly, adverb
- in·sin·u·a·tor, noun
- half-in·sin·u·at·ed, adjective
- pre·in·sin·u·ate, verb, pre·in·sin·u·at·ed, pre·in·sin·u·at·ing.
- pre·in·sin·u·a·tive, adjective
- un·in·sin·u·at·ed, adjective
- un·in·sin·u·a·tive, adjective
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How to use insinuate in a sentence
In fact, one British optician was actually fined for insinuating that blue light glasses can protect against DES, given that there’s no scientific evidence of this.
Gone are the days when the creators of That ’70s Show had to devise elaborate gimmicks and rely on euphemistic slang in order to insinuate that its teenage characters were smoking pot while avoiding network blowback.
Although Rivera held out the possibility of reaching a long-term agreement with Scherff before the July 15 deadline, he also insinuated the team is prepared to have him play on an $18 million salary.Ron Rivera discusses Alex Smith release, says Washington is still weighing options at QB | Nicki Jhabvala | March 10, 2021 | Washington Post
Smith said at season’s end that he planned to “take a few weeks” to decide his future in football, but in later interviews he strongly insinuated that he wanted to keep playing.Alex Smith released by Washington Football Team, becomes a free agent for first time | Nicki Jhabvala | March 5, 2021 | Washington Post
We hope that the report — which we have not seen — and those sharing the information would not insinuate to the public that there is a danger present.New report finds toxic heavy metals in popular baby foods. FDA failed to warn consumers of risk. | Laura Reiley | February 4, 2021 | Washington Post
Gutierrez tries unsuccessfully to insinuate that Jay was cheating on Stephanie, suggesting ulterior motives.The Scoop on ‘Serial’: Making Sense of The Nisha Call, Asia's Letters, and Our Obsession | Emily Shire | December 11, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
It's pretty sick for people to insinuate that I would wax my daughters eyebrows.Cara Delevingne Tops 2013 Google Searches; PETA Distributes Fur Coats | The Fashion Beast Team | December 18, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Gandhi, he meant to insinuate, was not Indian enough to serve Indians and run the country.
Tait seems to insinuate for all media that it would be better if Amis never came back.
What people were trying to insinuate was that Jess is emblematic of all women, instead of seeing her as one woman.‘New Girl’ Creator Liz Meriwether on Jess, Sexuality, Schmidt & More | Jace Lacob | May 8, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
Both are very charming in Trolus, and he has turned them to good account to insinuate himself or to overcome a difficulty.The 'Characters' of Jean de La Bruyre | Jean de La Bruyre
A vague, ridiculous, unfounded sort of jealousy of the Harpers had begun to insinuate itself.Robin Redbreast | Mary Louisa Molesworth
"How dare you insinuate——" began Murray, and he violently shook the old man by the collar.Jack Harkaway's Boy Tinker Among The Turks | Bracebridge Hemyng
Do you insinuate that I am naturally an object for laughter?Paul Patoff | F. Marion Crawford
Her object was to insinuate herself, so to speak, into fortune, by making herself useful to some great person.Court Beauties of Old Whitehall | W. R. H. Trowbridge
British Dictionary definitions for insinuate
(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
- insinuative or insinuatory, adjective
- insinuator, noun
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