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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

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1. See hint. 2. introduce, inject, inculcate.
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  • "Do you good," he insinuated, pushing the bottle gently over.

    The Black Bag

    Louis Joseph Vance

  • In secret he insinuated into the lady's ear that she was admired by the prince.

  • Yes; but she had not been his, insinuated vanity; another had whipped her off before his eyes.

    The Strollers

    Frederic S. Isham

  • "And get others to see it, too," I insinuated, with a glance at the bowed back by his side.

    Lord Jim

    Joseph Conrad

  • He felt Razumov's reluctance, and insinuated his hand under his arm caressingly.

    Under Western Eyes

    Joseph Conrad


British Dictionary definitions for insinuated

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

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

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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