Definitions for intimateˈɪn təˌmeɪt
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
in•ti•mate*ˈɪn tə mɪt(adj.)
associated in close personal relations:
an intimate friend.
characterized by or involving warm friendship or a familiar association or feeling:
an intimate greeting.
private; closely personal:
one's intimate affairs.
characterized by or suggesting privacy or intimacy; cozy:
an intimate café.
(of an association, knowledge, understanding, etc.) arising from close personal connection or familiar experience.
engaging in or characterized by sexual relations.
(of apparel) worn next to the skin.
showing a close union or combination of particles or elements:
an intimate mixture.
of, pertaining to, or characteristic of the inmost or essential nature:
the intimate structure of an organism.
(n.)an intimate friend or associate.
* Syn: See familiar.
Origin of intimate:
1600–10; < L intim(us) a close friend (n. use of the adj.)
in•ti•mate*ˈɪn təˌmeɪt(v.t.)-mat•ed, -mat•ing.
to indicate or make known indirectly; hint; imply; suggest.
* Syn: See hint.
Origin of intimate:
1530–40; < LL intimāre to impress (upon)
someone to whom private matters are confided
marked by close acquaintance, association, or familiarity
"intimate friend"; "intimate relations between economics, politics, and legal principles" - V.L. Parrington
cozy, intimate, informal(adj)
having or fostering a warm or friendly and informal atmosphere
"had a cozy chat"; "a relaxed informal manner"; "an intimate cocktail lounge"; "the small room was cozy and intimate"
having mutual interests or affections; of established friendship
"on familiar terms"; "pretending she is on an intimate footing with those she slanders"
involved in a sexual relationship
"the intimate (or sexual) relations between husband and wife"; "she had been intimate with many men"; "he touched her intimate parts"
inner, internal, intimate(adj)
innermost or essential
"the inner logic of Cubism"; "the internal contradictions of the theory"; "the intimate structure of matter"
intimate, knowledgeable, versed(verb)
thoroughly acquainted through study or experience
"this girl, so intimate with nature"-W.H.Hudson; "knowledgeable about the technique of painting"- Herbert Read
intimate, adumbrate, insinuate(verb)
give to understand
"I insinuated that I did not like his wife"
imply as a possibility
"The evidence suggests a need for more clarification"
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
involving close friendship
his intimate friends; an intimate relationship
private and involving sex
(of a place or event) small and private
an intimate restaurant/wedding
A very close friend.
Only a couple of intimates had ever read his writing.
(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.
To suggest or disclose discreetly.
He intimated that we should leave before the argument escalated.
Closely acquainted; familiar.
He and his sister deeply valued their intimate relationship as they didn't have much else to live for.
Of or involved in a sexual relationship.
She enjoyed some intimate time alone with her husband.
Origin: From intimare, from intimus, superlative of intus, from in; see interior.
innermost; inward; internal; deep-seated; hearty
near; close; direct; thorough; complete
close in friendship or acquaintance; familiar; confidential; as, an intimate friend
an intimate friend or associate; a confidant
to announce; to declare; to publish; to communicate; to make known
to suggest obscurely or indirectly; to refer to remotely; to give slight notice of; to hint; as, he intimated his intention of resigning his office
Translations for intimate
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
close and affectionate
- íntimoPortuguese (BR)
- 밀접한 관계가 있는Korean
- tuvs; ciešsLatvian
- fortrolig, nærNorwegian
- intim, apropiatRomanian
- förtrolig, innerlig, intimSwedish
- yakın, candanTurkish
- 親密的Chinese (Trad.)
- близький, тіснийUkrainian
- thân thiếtVietnamese
- 亲密的Chinese (Simp.)
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