intimate
Pronunciation
  • enPR: ĭn'tĭmət, IPA: /ˈɪn.tɪ.mət/
  • enPR: ĭn'tĭmāt, IPA: /ˈɪn.tɪ.meɪt/

Adjective

intimate

  1. Closely acquainted; familiar.
    an intimate friend
    He and his sister deeply valued their intimate relationship as they didn't have much else to live for.
  2. Of or involved in a sexual relationship.
    She enjoyed some intimate time alone with her husband.
  3. Personal; private.
    an intimate setting
  4. Pertaining to details that require great familiarity to know.
Translations Translations Translations
Noun

intimate (plural intimates)

  1. A very close friend.
    Only a couple of intimates had ever read his writing.
  2. (in plural intimates) Women's underwear, sleepwear, or lingerie, especially offered for sale in a store.
    You'll find bras and panties in the women's intimates section upstairs.
Synonyms Translations
  • Italian: amico per la pelle
  • Portuguese: íntimo
Translations
Verb

intimate (intimates, present participle intimating; past and past participle intimated)

  1. (ambitransitive) To suggest or disclose (something) discreetly.
    •     The Kaiser beamed. Von Bulow had praised him. Von Bulow had exalted him and humbled himself. The Kaiser could forgive anything after that. "Haven't I always told you," he exclaimed with enthusiasm, "that we complete one another famously? We should stick together, and we will!"
          [...]
          Von Bulow saved himself in time—but, canny diplomat that he was, he nevertheless had made one error: he should have begun by talking about his own shortcomings and Wilhelm's superiority—not by intimating that the Kaiser was a half-wit in need of a guardian.
    He intimated that we should leave before the argument escalated.
  2. (transitive, India) To notify.
    I will intimate you when the details are available.
Translations
  • German: vorsichtig andeuten
  • Russian: намекать
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