[ 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.

  1. 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.
  1. to make insinuations.

Origin of insinuate

First recorded in 1520–30; from Latin insinuātus, past participle of insinuāre “to work in, instill.” See in-2, sinuous, -ate1

synonym study For insinuate

1. See hint.

Other words for insinuate

Other words from insinuate

  • 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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use insinuate in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for insinuate


/ (ɪnˈsɪnjʊˌeɪt) /

  1. (may take a clause as object) to suggest by indirect allusion, hints, innuendo, etc

  2. (tr) to introduce subtly or deviously

  1. (tr) to cause (someone, esp oneself) to be accepted by gradual approaches or manoeuvres

Origin of insinuate

C16: from Latin insinuāre to wind one's way into, from in- ² + sinus curve

Derived forms of insinuate

  • insinuative or insinuatory, adjective
  • insinuator, noun

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