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intimate

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[ in-tuh-mit ]
/ ˈɪn tə mɪt /
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adjective
noun
an intimate friend or associate, especially a confidant.
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Origin of intimate

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First recorded in 1600–10; from Latin intimātus, past participle of intimāre “to announce, make known,” derivative of intimus “inmost, most intimate”; see intima

synonym study for intimate

1. See familiar.

OTHER WORDS FROM intimate

in·ti·mate·ly, adverbin·ti·mate·ness, noun

Other definitions for intimate (2 of 2)

intimate2
[ 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

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First recorded in 1530–40; from Late Latin intimātus, past participle of intimāre “to impress (upon), make known,” equivalent to intim(us) “inmost” (see intima) + -ātus -ate1

synonym study for intimate

1. See hint.

OTHER WORDS FROM intimate

in·ti·mat·er, nounin·ti·ma·tion [in-tuh-mey-shuhn], /ˌɪn təˈmeɪ ʃən/, nounpre·in·ti·ma·tion, noun

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH intimate

intimate , intimidate
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British Dictionary definitions for intimate (1 of 2)

intimate1
/ (ˈɪntɪmɪt) /

adjective
noun
a close friend

Derived forms of intimate

intimately, adverbintimateness, noun

Word Origin for intimate

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

British Dictionary definitions for intimate (2 of 2)

intimate2
/ (ˈɪntɪˌmeɪt) /

verb (tr; may take a clause as object)
to hint; suggest
to proclaim; make known

Derived forms of intimate

intimater, noun

Word Origin for intimate

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