Insinuate meaning

ĭn-sĭnyo͝o-āt
To hint or suggest indirectly; imply.
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To express or otherwise convey (a thought, for example) in an indirect or insidious way.
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To make insinuations.
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To make insinuations.
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The definition of insinuate is cleverly and stealthily moving yourself into a specific role or position.

An example of insinuate is when you move yourself into your bosses inner circle, subtly getting closer and closer to your boss.

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To hint; to suggest tacitly while avoiding a direct statement.

She insinuated that her friends had betrayed her.

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(figuratively, by extension) To ingratiate; to obtain access to or introduce something by subtle, cunning or artful means.
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To introduce or work into gradually, indirectly, and artfully.

To insinuate oneself into another's favor.

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To insinuate is defined as to suggest or imply something but not come right out and say it.

An example of insinuate is when you suggest that you hate your spouse's new coat without coming right out and saying you do.

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(rare) To creep, wind, or flow into; to enter gently, slowly, or imperceptibly, as into crevices.
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Origin of insinuate

  • Latin īnsinuāre īnsinuāt- in- in in–2 sinuāre to curve (from sinus curve)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin īnsinuō (“to push in, creep in, steal in”), from in (“in”) + sinus (“a winding, bend, bay, fold, bosom”)

    From Wiktionary