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INTIMATE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does intimate mean? 

INTIMATE (noun)
  The noun INTIMATE has 1 sense:

1. someone to whom private matters are confided

  Familiarity information: INTIMATE used as a noun is very rare.


INTIMATE (adjective)
  The adjective INTIMATE has 6 senses:

1. marked by close acquaintance, association, or familiarity
2. having or fostering a warm or friendly and informal atmosphere
3. having mutual interests or affections; of established friendship
4. involved in a sexual relationship
5. innermost or essential
6. thoroughly acquainted through study or experience

  Familiarity information: INTIMATE used as an adjective is common.


INTIMATE (verb)
  The verb INTIMATE has 2 senses:

1. give to understand
2. imply as a possibility

  Familiarity information: INTIMATE used as a verb is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


INTIMATE (noun)


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Meaning:

Someone to whom private matters are confided

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

confidant; intimate

Hypernyms ("intimate" is a kind of...):

friend (a person you know well and regard with affection and trust)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "intimate"):

confidante (a female confidant)

repository; secretary (a person to whom a secret is entrusted)


INTIMATE (adjective)


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Meaning:

Marked by close acquaintance, association, or familiarity

Context examples:

intimate friend / intimate relations between economics, politics, and legal principles

Similar:

close (close in relevance or relationship)


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Meaning:

Having or fostering a warm or friendly and informal atmosphere

Synonyms:

cozy; intimate; informal

Context examples:

had a cozy chat / a relaxed informal manner / an intimate cocktail lounge / the small room was cozy and intimate

Similar:

friendly (characteristic of or befitting a friend)


Sense 3intimate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Having mutual interests or affections; of established friendship

Synonyms:

intimate; familiar

Context examples:

on familiar terms / pretending she is on an intimate footing with those she slanders

Similar:

close (close in relevance or relationship)


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Meaning:

Involved in a sexual relationship

Synonyms:

sexual; intimate

Context examples:

the intimate (or sexual) relations between husband and wife / she had been intimate with many men

Similar:

sexy (marked by or tending to arouse sexual desire or interest)


Sense 5intimate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Innermost or essential

Synonyms:

inner; internal; intimate

Context examples:

the inner logic of Cubism / the internal contradictions of the theory / the intimate structure of matter

Similar:

intrinsic; intrinsical (belonging to a thing by its very nature)


Sense 6intimate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Thoroughly acquainted through study or experience

Synonyms:

versed; knowledgeable; intimate

Context examples:

this girl, so intimate with nature / knowledgeable about the technique of painting

Similar:

experienced; experient (having experience; having knowledge or skill from observation or participation)


INTIMATE (verb)


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Meaning:

Give to understand

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

intimate; adumbrate; insinuate

Context example:

I insinuated that I did not like his wife

Hypernyms (to "intimate" is one way to...):

hint; suggest (drop a hint; intimate by a hint)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s that CLAUSE

Sentence example:

They intimate that there was a traffic accident


Sense 2intimate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Imply as a possibility

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

suggest; intimate

Context example:

The evidence suggests a need for more clarification

Hypernyms (to "intimate" is one way to...):

imply (suggest as a logically necessary consequence; in logic)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "intimate"):

make out (imply or suggest)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s something


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