Definitions for intimateˈɪn təˌmeɪt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

in•ti•mate*ˈɪn tə mɪt(adj.)

  1. associated in close personal relations:

    an intimate friend.

  2. characterized by or involving warm friendship or a familiar association or feeling:

    an intimate greeting.

  3. private; closely personal:

    one's intimate affairs.

  4. characterized by or suggesting privacy or intimacy; cozy:

    an intimate café.

  5. (of an association, knowledge, understanding, etc.) arising from close personal connection or familiar experience.

  6. engaging in or characterized by sexual relations.

  7. (of apparel) worn next to the skin.

    Category: Clothing

  8. showing a close union or combination of particles or elements:

    an intimate mixture.

  9. inmost; personal:

    intimate secrets.

  10. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of the inmost or essential nature:

    the intimate structure of an organism.

  11. (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.

  1. to indicate or make known indirectly; hint; imply; suggest.

* Syn: See hint.

Origin of intimate:

1530–40; < LL intimāre to impress (upon)


Princeton's WordNet

  1. confidant, intimate(adj)

    someone to whom private matters are confided

  2. intimate(adj)

    marked by close acquaintance, association, or familiarity

    "intimate friend"; "intimate relations between economics, politics, and legal principles" - V.L. Parrington

  3. 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"

  4. familiar, intimate(adj)

    having mutual interests or affections; of established friendship

    "on familiar terms"; "pretending she is on an intimate footing with those she slanders"

  5. intimate, sexual(adj)

    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"

  6. inner, internal, intimate(adj)

    innermost or essential

    "the inner logic of Cubism"; "the internal contradictions of the theory"; "the intimate structure of matter"

  7. 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

  8. intimate, adumbrate, insinuate(verb)

    give to understand

    "I insinuated that I did not like his wife"

  9. suggest, intimate(verb)

    imply as a possibility

    "The evidence suggests a need for more clarification"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. intimate(adjective)ˈɪn təˌmeɪt

    involving close friendship

    his intimate friends; an intimate relationship

  2. intimateˈɪn təˌmeɪt

    private and involving sex

    intimate details

  3. intimateˈɪn təˌmeɪt

    (of a place or event) small and private

    an intimate restaurant/wedding


  1. intimate(Noun)

    A very close friend.

    Only a couple of intimates had ever read his writing.

  2. intimate(Noun)

    (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.

  3. intimate(Verb)

    To suggest or disclose discreetly.

    He intimated that we should leave before the argument escalated.

  4. intimate(Adjective)

    Closely acquainted; familiar.

    He and his sister deeply valued their intimate relationship as they didn't have much else to live for.

  5. intimate(Adjective)

    Of or involved in a sexual relationship.

    She enjoyed some intimate time alone with her husband.

  6. intimate(Adjective)

    Personal, private.

  7. Origin: From intimare, from intimus, superlative of intus, from in; see interior.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Intimate(adj)

    innermost; inward; internal; deep-seated; hearty

  2. Intimate(adj)

    near; close; direct; thorough; complete

  3. Intimate(adj)

    close in friendship or acquaintance; familiar; confidential; as, an intimate friend

  4. Intimate(noun)

    an intimate friend or associate; a confidant

  5. Intimate(adj)

    to announce; to declare; to publish; to communicate; to make known

  6. Intimate(adj)

    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

British National Corpus

  1. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'intimate' in Adjectives Frequency: #988

Translations for intimate

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


close and affectionate

intimate friends.

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