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in·ti·mate 1  (nt-mt)
1. Marked by close acquaintance, association, or familiarity.
2. Relating to or indicative of ones deepest nature: intimate prayers.
3. Essential; innermost: the intimate structure of matter.
4. Marked by informality and privacy: an intimate nightclub.
5. Very personal; private: an intimate letter.
6. Of or involved in a sexual relationship.
A close friend or confidant.

[Latin intimtus, past participle of intimre, to make familiar with; see intimate2.]

inti·mate·ly adv.
inti·mate·ness n.

in·ti·mate 2  (nt-mt)
tr.v. in·ti·mat·ed, in·ti·mat·ing, in·ti·mates
1. To make known subtly and indirectly; hint. See Synonyms at suggest.
2. To announce; proclaim.

[Latin intimre, intimt-, to make known, from intimus, innermost; see en in Indo-European roots.]

inti·mater n.
inti·mation n.

intimate  /ntmt/  adj. 1 emotionally close: We have had an intimate friendship since we were young. 2 warm and private, (syn.) cozy: That little café has an intimate atmosphere. 3 involved sexually: I just want to be a friend; I dont want to be intimate with you. 4 deep, profound: He has an intimate knowledge of plants and how to grow them.
n. /ntmet/ -mated, -mating, -mates to hint, suggest: By not letting me speak, he intimated that my ideas werent important. intimate

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