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insinuate

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

1520–30; < Latin insinuātus, past participle of insinuāre to work in, instill. See in-2, sinuous, -ate1
Related formsin·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/, adjectivein·sin·u·a·tive·ly, adverbin·sin·u·a·tor, nounhalf-in·sin·u·at·ed, adjectivepre·in·sin·u·ate, verb, pre·in·sin·u·at·ed, pre·in·sin·u·at·ing.pre·in·sin·u·a·tive, adjectiveun·in·sin·u·at·ed, adjectiveun·in·sin·u·a·tive, adjective

Synonyms for insinuate

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1. See hint. 2. introduce, inject, inculcate.
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Related Words for insinuate

signify, connote, propose, intimate, ascribe, purport, allude, imply, impute, mention, indicate, refer, insert, interpose, foist, ingratiate, introduce, infiltrate, interject, infuse

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Contemporary Examples of insinuate

Historical Examples of insinuate

  • The reason is all mine, I do not insinuate that it is in any way yours.'

    Little Dorrit

    Charles Dickens

  • You must not think, as you seem to insinuate, that in my way of life I want exercise.

  • Do you mean to insinuate, you villain, that my wife stole her own diamonds?

  • I hope you don't mean to insinuate that I have but one friend!

    The Elm Tree Tales

    F. Irene Burge Smith

  • Oh, there was no misunderstanding what he meant to insinuate.


British Dictionary definitions for insinuate

insinuate

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

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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