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


  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.
  • German: vorsichtig andeuten
  • Russian: намекать
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