What does intimate mean?

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ˈɪn təˌmeɪtin·ti·mate

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. confidant, intimateadjective

    someone to whom private matters are confided

  2. intimateadjective

    marked by close acquaintance, association, or familiarity

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

  3. cozy, intimate, informaladjective

    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, intimateadjective

    having mutual interests or affections; of established friendship

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

  5. intimate, sexualadjective

    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, intimateadjective

    innermost or essential

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

  7. intimate, knowledgeable, versedverb

    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, insinuateverb

    give to understand

    "I insinuated that I did not like his wife"

  9. suggest, intimateverb

    imply as a possibility

    "The evidence suggests a need for more clarification"

Wiktionary

  1. intimatenoun

    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. intimatenoun

    (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. intimateverb

    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. intimateadjective

    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. intimateadjective

    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. intimateadjective

    Personal, private.

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Intimateadjective

    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. Intimateadjective

    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. Intimateadjective

    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. Intimatenoun

    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. Intimateadjective

    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. Intimateadjective

    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  

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

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  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. Oliver Wendell Holmes:

    No stranger can get a great many notes of torture out of a human soul it takes one that knows it well -- parent, child, brother, sister, intimate.

  2. Eric Schneiderman:

    In the privacy of intimate relationships, I have engaged in role-playing and other consensual sexual activity.

  3. Attorney General Schneiderman:

    In the privacy of intimate relationships, I have engaged in role-playing and other consensual sexual activity. I have not assaulted anyone, i have never engaged in non-consensual sex, which is a line I would not cross.

  4. Robel Tekleab:

    It was as if he was a member of our family. Isaac really admired the President, and we talked about how dear he was to him, he talked about Isaac's kids and he gave them encouragement. It was very close, very intimate.

  5. Joshua Greene:

    A lot of the pictures were just candids that he shot at an unexpected [time], [That occurred] during the shoot or even between when she was just sitting around and having a cup of tea or coffee or when she was casually relaxing… She was always comfortable with Milton. He wanted to take pictures of her almost as a character actress [in costume]… And these photos weren’t for a particular assignment. They were explorations… In time he got to know her in a more intimate way and she got to see herself portrayed in ways other than Hollywood style.

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