intimate[in′tə mət; for v., -māt′]
- The definition of intimate is private or personal things or feelings.
An example of intimate is the type of feelings written in your diary.
- Intimate is defined as someone who is very close to you.
An example of intimate is a friend to whom you tell your feelings.
- Intimate means the cozy or romantic feeling of a space.
An example of intimate is a table for two in the dark corner of a restaurant.
- An intimate is someone who you trust with private details.
An example of an intimate is your best friend.
- To intimate is defined as to suggest something without being direct.
An example of to intimate is to hint that your friend may be having a baby soon.
- pertaining to the inmost character of a thing; fundamental: the intimate structure of the atom
- most private or personal: his intimate feelings
- closely acquainted or associated; very familiar: an intimate friend
- promoting a feeling of privacy, coziness, romance, etc.: an intimate nightclub
- resulting from careful study or investigation; thorough: an intimate knowledge of French
- very close: intimate acquaintance with the facts
- having illicit sexual relations: a euphemism
Origin of intimatealtered (infl. by the verb ) ; from earlier intime ; from French ; from Classical Latin intimus, superlative of intus, within: see intestine
- Characterized by close personal acquaintance or familiarity: intimate friends.
- Relating to or indicative of one's deepest nature: intimate prayers.
- Essential; innermost: the intimate structure of matter.
- Marked by informality and privacy: an intimate nightclub.
- Very personal; private: an intimate letter.
- Of or involved in a sexual relationship: Have they been intimate?
Origin of intimateLatin intimātus, past participle of intimāre, to make familiar with; see intimate2.
transitive verbin·ti·mat·ed, in·ti·mat·ing, in·ti·mates
- a. To state or express indirectly: She intimated that she did not want him to call back. See Synonyms at suggest.b. To make evident indirectly: His worn clothes intimated that he was in need of money.
- Archaic To announce; proclaim.
Origin of intimateLatin intimāre, intimāt-, to make known, from intimus, innermost; see en in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more intimate, superlative most intimate)
(third-person singular simple present intimates, present participle intimating, simple past and past participle intimated)