What does intimate mean?

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ˈɪn təˌmeɪtin·ti·mate

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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"

Wiktionary

  1. intimate(Noun)

    A very close friend.

    Only a couple of intimates had ever read his writing.

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

  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.

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

  3. intimate(Verb)

    To suggest or disclose discreetly.

    He intimated that we should leave before the argument escalated.

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

  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.

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

  5. intimate(Adjective)

    Of or involved in a sexual relationship.

    She enjoyed some intimate time alone with her husband.

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

  6. intimate(Adjective)

    Personal, private.

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Intimate(adj)

    innermost; inward; internal; deep-seated; hearty

    Etymology: [L. intimatus, p. p. of intimare to put, bring, drive, or press into, to announce, make known, from intimus the inmost. See Intimate, a.]

  2. Intimate(adj)

    near; close; direct; thorough; complete

    Etymology: [L. intimatus, p. p. of intimare to put, bring, drive, or press into, to announce, make known, from intimus the inmost. See Intimate, a.]

  3. Intimate(adj)

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

    Etymology: [L. intimatus, p. p. of intimare to put, bring, drive, or press into, to announce, make known, from intimus the inmost. See Intimate, a.]

  4. Intimate(noun)

    an intimate friend or associate; a confidant

    Etymology: [L. intimatus, p. p. of intimare to put, bring, drive, or press into, to announce, make known, from intimus the inmost. See Intimate, a.]

  5. Intimate(adj)

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

    Etymology: [L. intimatus, p. p. of intimare to put, bring, drive, or press into, to announce, make known, from intimus the inmost. See Intimate, a.]

  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

    Etymology: [L. intimatus, p. p. of intimare to put, bring, drive, or press into, to announce, make known, from intimus the inmost. See Intimate, a.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Intimate

    in′ti-māt, adj. innermost: internal: close: closely acquainted: familiar.—n. a familiar friend: an associate.—v.t. to hint: to announce.—n. In′timacy, state of being intimate: close familiarity.—adv. In′timately.—n. Intimā′tion, obscure notice: hint: announcement. [L. intimāre, ātumintimus, innermostintus, within.]

Editors Contribution

  1. intimate

    Feelings expressed by a couple, people who are married or in a romantic relationship that are a personal way for the couple to express their relationship and commitment to each other.

    Intimate feelings are expressed in a variety of ways and are relative to the age, choices and maturity of the couple.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 29, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Adjectives Frequency

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

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of intimate in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of intimate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of intimate in a Sentence

  1. Sandi Tenfelde:

    There are lots of ways to be intimate with your partner after the birth of a baby (hand holding, cuddling, massage and genital stimulation without vaginal penetration). Finding alternate ways of being intimate without vaginal penetration can be very therapeutic for the couple.

  2. Punam Patel:

    I grew up going to Disneyland, and that's the original park, i'm a Disney conservationist. Walt Disney World looks so big, and it's not him (Walt Disney). I think you lose the intimate magic that happens at Disneyland. It's way more corporate. Disneyland feels like being at home.

  3. J. Krishnamurti, Beginnings of Learning:

    When one loses the deep intimate relationship with nature, then temples, mosques and churches become important.

  4. Charissa Thompson:

    When it comes to your physical being and intimate photos between you and your boyfriend and things that you sent to someone when you were in a long-distance relationship and in love, it is your private property, so it felt — the obvious — like such an invasion. But then the depths I am still taking to get back that privacy are unbelievable. The way I equate is someone came into my home, robbed my home of all its possessions, put it out in the cul-de-sac right in front of me, and I had to buy all of it right back to put back in my house. The star acknowledged that, unlike Andrews who saw the person that leaked her image caught and thrown in jail for 2 and a half years, she’s still seeking justice.

  5. Cambridge University academic Robert Macfarlane:

    Whenever you name a landscape, it can be a controversial as well as an intimate act.

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