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intimate1 (ˈɪntɪmɪt Pronunciation for intimate1



  1. characterized by a close or warm personal relationship   ⇒ an intimate friend
  2. deeply personal, private, or secret
  3. (often postpositive) foll by with (euphemistic) having sexual relations (with)
    1. (postpositive) foll by with having a deep or unusual knowledge (of)
    2. (of knowledge) deep; extensive
  4. having a friendly, warm, or informal atmosphere   ⇒ an intimate nightclub
  5. of or relating to the essential part or nature of something; intrinsic
  6. denoting the informal second person of verbs and pronouns in French and other languages


  1. a close friend

Derived Forms

ˈintimately adverb
ˈintimateness, (archaic) intimity (ɪnˈtɪmɪtɪ)  noun

Word Origin

C17: from Latin intimus very close friend, from (adj): innermost, deepest, from intus within


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= close, dear, loving, near, warm, friendly, familiar, thick, devoted, confidential, cherished, bosom, inseparable, nearest and dearest,
= sexual, romantic, private, sexy, erotic, sensual, carnal, of the flesh, coital
= friend, close friend, buddy, mate, pal, comrade, chum, mucker, crony, main man, china, homeboy, cobber, bosom friend, familiar, confidant or confidante, (constant) companion, gossip, E hoa,

intimate2 (ˈɪntɪˌmeɪt Pronunciation for intimate2


verb (transitive; may take a clause as object)

  1. to hint; suggest
  2. to proclaim; make known

Derived Forms

ˈintiˌmater noun

Word Origin

C16: from Late Latin intimāre to proclaim, from Latin intimus innermost


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= suggest, indicate, hint, imply, warn, allude, let it be known, insinuate, give (someone) to understand, drop a hint, tip (someone) the wink

Translations for 'intimate'

  • British English: intimatePronunciation for intimate If two people have an intimate friendship, they are very good friends.I told my intimate friends I wanted to have a baby.ˈɪntɪmɪt ADJECTIVE
  • Arabic: حَمِيمٌPronunciation for حَمِيمٌ
  • Brazilian Portuguese: íntimoPronunciation for íntimo íntima
  • Chinese: 亲密的Pronunciation for 亲密的
  • Croatian: intimanPronunciation for intiman intimna
  • Czech: důvěrnýPronunciation for důvěrný
  • Danish: intimPronunciation for intim
  • Dutch: intiemPronunciation for intiem
  • European Spanish: íntimoPronunciation for íntimo íntima
  • Finnish: läheinenPronunciation for läheinen
  • French: intimePronunciation for intime
  • German: intimPronunciation for intim
  • Greek: οικείοςPronunciation for οικείος οικεία
  • Italian: intimoPronunciation for intimo intima
  • Japanese: 親しいPronunciation for 親しい
  • Korean: 친밀한Pronunciation for 친밀한
  • Norwegian: intimPronunciation for intim
  • Polish: intymnyPronunciation for intymny intymna
  • Portuguese: íntimoPronunciation for íntimo íntima
  • Romanian: intim intim, intimă, intimi, intime
  • Russian: близкийPronunciation for близкий близкая
  • Spanish: íntimoPronunciation for íntimo íntima
  • Swedish: intimPronunciation for intim intimt
  • Thai: สนิทPronunciation for สนิท
  • Turkish: yakınPronunciation for yakın
  • Ukrainian: тісний
  • Vietnamese: thân mậtPronunciation for thân mật
  • British English: intimate If you intimate something, you say it in an indirect way. VERBHe went on to intimate that he was indeed contemplating a shake-up of the company.
  • Brazilian Portuguese: insinuar
  • Chinese: 暗示
  • European Spanish: dar a entender
  • French: laisser entendre
  • German: andeuten
  • Italian: lasciare intendere
  • Japanese: 暗示する
  • Korean: 넌지시 알리다
  • Portuguese: insinuar
  • Spanish: dar a entender

Example Sentences Including 'intimate'

An announcer's off-screen voice listed them, giving intimate details of better times beyond recall.
Forbes, Bryan The Endless Game
He smiled gently and touched her cheek in a strangely intimate gesture.
Higgins, Jack Confessional
It was misty, close, everything intimate , the telegraph wires against thick creamy clouds like matted fleeces, the birds huddling.
Gee, Maggie Lost Children


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