What does intimate mean?

Definitions for intimateˈɪn təˌmeɪt

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word intimate.

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"


  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

  7. Origin: [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.]

British National Corpus

  1. Adjectives Frequency

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


  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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Thomas Jefferson:

    Be polite to all, but intimate with few.

  2. Dorothy Parker:

    His voice was a intimate as the rustle of sheets.

  3. Willa Cather:

    The irregular and intimate quality of things made entirely by the human hand.

  4. Cambridge University academic Robert Macfarlane:

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

  5. Harry Emerson Fosdick:

    The steady discipline of intimate friendship with Jesus results in men becoming like Him.

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