intimate

1
[in-tuh-mit]

adjective

noun

an intimate friend or associate, especially a confidant.

Origin of intimate

1
1600–10; < Latin intim(us) a close friend (noun use of the adj.; see intima) + -ate1
Related formsin·ti·mate·ly, adverbin·ti·mate·ness, noun

Synonyms for intimate

1. dear. See familiar. 3. privy, secret. 8. exacting, thorough. 13. crony.
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Examples from the Web for intimately

Contemporary Examples of intimately

Historical Examples of intimately

  • I have been intimately associated with many brewers throughout the country.

  • It was gay, it was quiet and restful, it was intimately personal.

    The Harbor

    Ernest Poole

  • I thought I recognised the voice: I know him intimately well.

    Homeward Bound

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • How we hide ourselves from those we love best and live with most intimately!

    A Spirit in Prison

    Robert Hichens

  • Ruffo's mother knew Gaspare, must have known him intimately in the past.

    A Spirit in Prison

    Robert Hichens


British Dictionary definitions for intimately

intimate

1

adjective

characterized by a close or warm personal relationshipan intimate friend
deeply personal, private, or secret
(often postpositive foll by with) euphemistic having sexual relations (with)
  1. (postpositive foll by with)having a deep or unusual knowledge (of)
  2. (of knowledge) deep; extensive
having a friendly, warm, or informal atmospherean intimate nightclub
of or relating to the essential part or nature of something; intrinsic
denoting the informal second person of verbs and pronouns in French and other languages

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

intimate

2

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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Word Origin and History for intimately

intimate

adj.

1630s, "closely acquainted, very familiar," from Late Latin intimatus, past participle of intimare "make known, announce, impress," from Latin intimus "inmost" (adj.), "close friend" (n.), superlative of in "in" (see in- (2)). Used euphemistically in reference to women's underwear from 1904. Related: Intimately.

intimate

v.

"suggest indirectly," 1530s, back-formation from intimation, or else from Late Latin intimatus, past participle of intimare. Related: Intimated; intimating.

intimate

n.

1650s, "person with whom one is intimate," from intimate (adj.).

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