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EtymologyEdit

From Latin intimare (to put or bring into, to impress, to make familiar), from intimus (inmost, innermost, most intimate), superlative of intus (within), from in (in); see interior.

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Adjective, noun

  • enPR: ĭn'tĭmət, IPA(key): /ˈɪn.tɪ.mət/
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Verb

AdjectiveEdit

intimate (comparative more intimate, superlative most intimate)

  1. Closely acquainted; familiar.
    an intimate friend
    He and his sister deeply valued their intimate relationship as they didn't have much else to live for.
  2. Of or involved in a sexual relationship.
    She enjoyed some intimate time alone with her husband.
  3. Personal; private.
    an intimate setting
  4. Pertaining to details that require great familiarity to know.
    • 2015, Slawomir Pikula, Joanna Bandorowicz-Pikula, Patrick Groves, “NMR of lipids”, in Nuclear Magnetic Resonance, volume 44, Cambridge: Royal Society of Chemistry, ISSN 0305-9804, page 391:
      Grélard et al.87 determined the intimate structure of pseudoviral particles of hepatitis B subvirus using solid-state NMR, light scattering, and cryo-electron microscopy.

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NounEdit

intimate (plural intimates)

  1. A very close friend.
    Only a couple of intimates had ever read his writing.
  2. (in plural intimates) Women's underwear, sleepwear, or lingerie, especially offered for sale in a store.
    You'll find bras and panties in the women's intimates section upstairs.

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intimate (third-person singular simple present intimates, present participle intimating, simple past and past participle intimated)

  1. (transitive, intransitive) To suggest or disclose (something) discreetly.
    • 1936, Dale Carnegie, “Part 4, Chapter 3. TALK ABOUT YOUR OWN MISTAKES FIRST”, in How to Win Friends and Influence People[1], page 223:
          The Kaiser beamed. Von Bulow had praised him. Von Bulow had exalted him and humbled himself. The Kaiser could forgive anything after that. "Haven't I always told you," he exclaimed with enthusiasm, "that we complete one another famously? We should stick together, and we will!"
          [...]
          Von Bulow saved himself in time—but, canny diplomat that he was, he nevertheless had made one error: he should have begun by talking about his own shortcomings and Wilhelm's superiority—not by intimating that the Kaiser was a half-wit in need of a guardian.
    He intimated that we should leave before the argument escalated.
  2. (transitive, India) To notify.
    I will intimate you when the details are available.

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intimate

  1. present adverbial passive participle of intimi

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