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
Rivera, at the time, cited the wide open race for the NFC East title as his impetus for the switch, but he later insinuated Haskins’s work ethic was, in part, to blame.Former Washington QB Dwayne Haskins signs one-year contract with Steelers | Nicki Jhabvala | January 21, 2021 | Washington Post
Bolsonaro, meanwhile, said on Thursday that he wouldn’t take any vaccine and continues to insinuate, without proof, that citizens perhaps shouldn’t be taking any vaccines at all.A drugmaker’s COVID-19 vaccine is 78% effective—but can it escape its spotty corporate history? | Grady McGregor | January 8, 2021 | Fortune
In the interview with Lou Dobbs, she insinuated that vans providing food to poll workers were in fact carrying illegitimate votes instead.Rudy Giuliani’s bizarre legal strategy, in two clips | Jerusalem Demsas | December 3, 2020 | Vox
Leventhal’s rival has painted him as recklessly pushing to unsafely open schools and took umbrage at him insinuating he would represent the district better because he has kids and she does not.
While most brands have simply made their apps and e-commerce sites shopping tools, Nike has long understood that digital tools must do more than just support sales and have to insinuate themselves into customers’ lifestyles to really pay off.
Ryan insinuated that the Democratic Party is selling the American people a welfare state.Paul Ryan: Democrats Offer Americans a ‘Full Stomach and an Empty Soul’ | Olivia Nuzzi | March 6, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Then, Jared Leto busted her interview and playfully insinuated that they'd had a relationship.
Sure, the critics never quite cottoned to him; they always insinuated that he was an airhead, a blank.
After all, Shocked once—though ambiguously, and perhaps with the intent of provocation—insinuated that she was a lesbian.Michelle Shocked’s Crazy Switch From Lesbian to Homophobe | Kevin Fallon | March 19, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Obamacare does not, as Romney insinuated, take $716 billion away from current Medicare recipients.Obama vs. Romney Presidential Debate Fact-Check: Who Lied? | Caitlin Dickson | October 4, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
His enemies persistently insinuated that he was really returning to Spain to support the clericals actively.The Philippine Islands | John Foreman
Tremerello had insinuated a vile suspicion respecting Angiola; that, in short, she was a spy upon my secret opinions!My Ten Years' Imprisonment | Silvio Pellico
"You have a good many friends interested in your affairs, Mr. Guarez," insinuated the captain.Uncle Sam's Boys as Lieutenants | H. Irving Hancock
I insinuated it again a minute later, but after that, noticing the way in which she came back to the aunt again, I forbore.In Accordance with the Evidence | Oliver Onions
The matter that has insinuated itself into the paper extends it, and increases its volume.Plotinos: Complete Works, v. 3 | Plotinos (Plotinus)
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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