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"


  1. intimatenoun

    A very close friend.

    Only a couple of intimates had ever read his writing.

  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.

  3. intimateverb

    To suggest or disclose discreetly.

    He intimated that we should leave before the argument escalated.

  4. intimateadjective

    Closely acquainted; familiar.

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

  5. intimateadjective

    Of or involved in a sexual relationship.

    She enjoyed some intimate time alone with her husband.

  6. intimateadjective

    Personal, private.

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. INTIMATEadjective

    Etymology: intimado, Spanish; intimus, Lat.

    They knew not
    That what I mention'd was of God, I knew
    From intimate impulse, and therefore urged on
    The marriage. John Milton, Agonist. l. 221.

    Fear being so intimate to our natures, it is the strongest bond of laws. John Tillotson, Sermons.

    Moses was with him in the retirements of the mount, received there his private instructions; and when the multitude were thundered away from any approach, he was honoured with an intimate and immediate admission. Robert South, Sermons.

    United by this sympathetick bond,
    You grow familiar, intimate, and fond. Wentworth Dillon.

  2. Intimatenoun

    A familiar friend; one who is trusted with our thoughts.

    Etymology: intimado, Spanish; intime, French; intimus, Latin.

    The design was to entertain his reason with a more equal converse, assign him an intimate whose intellect as much corresponded with his as did the outward form. Gov. Tongue.

  3. To Intimateverb

    To hint; to point out indirectly, or not very plainly.

    Etymology: intimer, French; intimare, low Latin.

    Alexander Van Suchten tells us, that by a way he intimates, may be made a mercury of copper, not of the silver colour of other mercuries, but green. Boyle.

    The names of simple ideas and substances, with the abstract ideas in the mind, intimate some real existence, from which was derived their original patern. John Locke.

    'Tis the divinity that stirs within us;
    'Tis heav'n itself that points out an hereafter,
    And intimates eternity to man. Joseph Addison, Cato.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Intimateadjective

    innermost; inward; internal; deep-seated; hearty

  2. Intimateadjective

    near; close; direct; thorough; complete

  3. Intimateadjective

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

  4. Intimatenoun

    an intimate friend or associate; a confidant

  5. Intimateadjective

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

  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

  7. 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. Ziv Cohen:

    We know that he couldn't contain his behavior, even in a public place like a restaurant, when we shortly thereafter find her strangled to death, it does suggest a kind of intimate type of homicide, domestic abuse, type of homicide between a couple -- and therefore certainly makes Brian Laundrie the main suspect.

  2. David Letterman:

    It just seemed like, OK, well, here’s somebody who had an intimate relationship with somebody he shouldn’t have had an intimate relationship with. And I always said, ‘Well, who hasn’t?’ to myself. But then, when I was able to see from the epicenter, the ripples, I thought, yeah, they could have fired me. But they didn’t. So I owe them that.

  3. Andy Murray:

    The atmosphere is much more intimate on a court like that today. The atmosphere was brilliant.

  4. Mickey Mehta:

    Workout should be a celebration not a punishment. It's not about a 6 pack body building, it's about refining and physical culturing. It's not about slimming it's about purifying and evolving. It's romancing your own being getting intimate with yourself, so get intimate with yourself and MickeyMize your life." Spread this message to have refined and more evolved humans.

  5. Henry David Thoreau:

    One may discover a new side to his most intimate friend when for the first time he hears him speak in public. He will be stranger to him as he is more familiar to the audience. The longest intimacy could not foretell how he would behave then

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