What does insinuate mean?

Definitions for insinuate
ɪnˈsɪn yuˌeɪtin·sin·u·ate

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. insinuate(verb)

    introduce or insert (oneself) in a subtle manner

    "He insinuated himself into the conversation of the people at the nearby table"

  2. intimate, adumbrate, insinuate(verb)

    give to understand

    "I insinuated that I did not like his wife"


  1. insinuate(Verb)

    (rare) to creep, wind, or flow into; to enter gently, slowly, or imperceptibly, as into crevices

    The water insinuated itself into the rock. It became ice, which expanded and cracked large fragments off of the hard stone.

  2. insinuate(Verb)

    (figurative of the above) to ingratiate; to obtain access to or introduce something by subtle, cunning or artful means

  3. insinuate(Verb)

    to hint; to suggest tacitly and avoid a direct statement

    She insinuated that her friends had betrayed her.

  4. Origin: From insinuo, from in + sinus

Webster Dictionary

  1. Insinuate(verb)

    to introduce gently or slowly, as by a winding or narrow passage, or a gentle, persistent movement

  2. Insinuate(verb)

    to introduce artfully; to infuse gently; to instill

  3. Insinuate(verb)

    to hint; to suggest by remote allusion; -- often used derogatorily; as, did you mean to insinuate anything?

  4. Insinuate(verb)

    to push or work (one's self), as into favor; to introduce by slow, gentle, or artful means; to ingratiate; -- used reflexively

  5. Insinuate(verb)

    to creep, wind, or flow in; to enter gently, slowly, or imperceptibly, as into crevices

  6. Insinuate(verb)

    to ingratiate one's self; to obtain access or favor by flattery or cunning

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Insinuate

    in-sin′ū-āt, v.t. to introduce gently or artfully: to hint, esp. a fault: to work into favour.—v.i. to creep or flow in: to enter gently: to obtain access by flattery or stealth.—adj. Insin′uating, tending to insinuate or enter gently: insensibly winning confidence.—adv. Insin′uatingly.—n. Insinuā′tion, act of insinuating: power of insinuating: that which is insinuated: a hint, esp. conveying an indirect imputation.—adj. Insin′uative, insinuating or stealing on the confidence: using insinuation.—n. Insin′uator.—adj. Insin′uatory. [L. insinuāre, -ātumin, in, sinus, a curve.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of insinuate in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of insinuate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of insinuate in a Sentence

  1. Bill Behrns:

    I can not believe anyone would insinuate Sister Jean gave up on these kids, how utterly disgusting.

  2. Roger Gannam:

    If there's any attempt here to accuse Ms. Davis of wrongdoing or insinuate that she's somehow doing something wrong, we would completely disagree with that.

  3. Armie Hammer:

    I also didn't mean to insinuate, nor do I believe, that Casey or anyone from his camp had anything to do with leaked information that took place during the press for ‘Birth of a Nation,’.

  4. Armie Hammer:

    I also didn't mean to insinuate, nor do I believe, that Casey Affleck or anyone from Casey Affleck camp had anything to do with leaked information that took place during the press for ‘ Birth of a Nation, ’.

  5. Molly Forgey:

    ?Jacky built a career as a computer programmer and software developer for major companies in Southern Nevada, and she used those tech skills to continue her career as an independent consultant, an independent consultant operates a business, and it’s absurd for Senator Heller to insinuate otherwise.

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