intimate

1
[ in-tuh-mit ]
/ ˈɪn tə mɪt /

adjective

noun

an intimate friend or associate, especially a confidant.

Nearby words

  1. inti,
  2. intice,
  3. intifada,
  4. intima,
  5. intimacy,
  6. intimate borrowing,
  7. intimately,
  8. intimation,
  9. intimations of immortality,
  10. intime

Origin of intimate

1
1600–10; < Latin intim(us) a close friend (noun use of the adj.; see intima) + -ate1

SYNONYMS FOR intimate
1. dear. See familiar. 3. privy, secret. 8. exacting, thorough. 13. crony.

Related formsin·ti·mate·ly, adverbin·ti·mate·ness, noun

intimate

2
[ in-tuh-meyt ]
/ ˈɪn təˌmeɪt /

verb (used with object), in·ti·mat·ed, in·ti·mat·ing.

to indicate or make known indirectly; hint; imply; suggest.
Archaic. to make known; announce.

Origin of intimate

2
1530–40; < Late Latin intimātus, past participle of intimāre to impress (upon), make known, equivalent to intim(us) inmost (see intima) + -ātus -ate1

Related forms
Can be confusedintimate intimidate

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British Dictionary definitions for intimate

intimate

1
/ (ˈɪntɪmɪt) /

adjective

noun

a close friend
Derived Formsintimately, adverbintimateness, noun

Word Origin for intimate

C17: from Latin intimus very close friend, from (adj): innermost, deepest, from intus within

verb (tr; may take a clause as object)

to hint; suggest
to proclaim; make known
Derived Formsintimater, noun

Word Origin for intimate

C16: from Late Latin intimāre to proclaim, from Latin intimus innermost

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