To insinuate is defined as to suggest or imply something but not come right out and say it.(verb)
An example of insinuate is when you suggest that you hate your spouse's new coat without coming right out and saying you do.
The definition of insinuate is cleverly and stealthily moving yourself into a specific role or position.(verb)
An example of insinuate is when you move yourself into your bosses inner circle, subtly getting closer and closer to your boss.
See insinuate in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: < L insinuatus, pp. of insinuare, to introduce by windings and turnings, insinuate < in-, in + sinus, curved surface
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verb in·sin·u·at·ed, in·sin·u·at·ing, in·sin·u·ates verb, transitive
Origin: Latin īnsinuāre, īnsinuāt-
Origin: : in-, in; see in-2
Origin: + sinuāre, to curve (from sinus, curve).
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