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[in-tuh-mey-shuh n]
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  1. the act of intimating, or making known indirectly.
  2. a hint; suggestion: The death of his father was his first intimation of mortality.
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Historical Examples

  • Evidently this was an intimation to him to keep away from the stables.


    W. A. Fraser

  • When be spoke, she was to answer frankly, and await the intimation of his will.

  • Betty confirms this intimation, that I must go to my uncle's on Thursday.

    Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)

    Samuel Richardson

  • But how shall I do to make my fair-one keep her temper on the intimation?

    Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9)

    Samuel Richardson

  • She would have no one escort her to the station; she would give no intimation of her plans.

    Four Girls and a Compact

    Annie Hamilton Donnell

British Dictionary definitions for intimation


  1. a hint or suggestion
  2. rare an announcement or notice
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Word Origin and History for intimation


mid-15c., "action of making known," from Middle French intimation (late 14c.), from Late Latin intimationem (nominative intimatio) "an announcement" (in Medieval Latin "a judicial notification"), noun of action from past participle stem of intimare (see intimate). Meaning "suggestion, hint" is from 1530s.

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