[ in-tuh-mey-shuh n ]
/ ˌɪn təˈmeɪ ʃən /


the act of intimating, or making known indirectly.
a hint; suggestion: The death of his father was his first intimation of mortality.

Nearby words

  1. intima,
  2. intimacy,
  3. intimate,
  4. intimate borrowing,
  5. intimately,
  6. intimations of immortality,
  7. intime,
  8. intimidate,
  9. intimidated,
  10. intimidating Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for intimation


/ (ˌɪntɪˈmeɪʃən) /


a hint or suggestion
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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