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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
But the gentle, rather intimate environment was shattered yesterday.
Belfast Telegraph (2003)
Coleman's intimate knowledge of Cavan football will stand him in good stead in his new role.
Belfast Telegraph (2003)
He smiled gently and touched her cheek in a strangely intimate gesture.
Higgins, Jack Confessional
I never did, because kissing for me is more intimate than having sex.
Maxim (2005)
It was misty, close, everything intimate , the telegraph wires against thick creamy clouds like matted fleeces, the birds huddling.
Gee, Maggie Lost Children
Sinead O'Connor's intimate performance is one shade more erotic than a mother's coo.
Globe and Mail (2003)
The banker hosted an intimate dinner for about 20 guests in CIBC's head office.
Globe and Mail (2003)
The rocks of the crust are those familiar to us; they comprise the stage upon which my intimate history has unfolded.
Richard Fortey THE EARTH: An Intimate History (2004)


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