Definition of Intimate

1. Noun. Someone to whom private matters are confided.

Exact synonyms: Confidant
Specialized synonyms: Confidante, Repository, Secretary
Generic synonyms: Friend
Derivative terms: Confide

2. Verb. Give to understand. "They intimate that there was a traffic accident "; "I insinuated that I did not like his wife"
Exact synonyms: Adumbrate, Insinuate
Generic synonyms: Hint, Suggest
Derivative terms: Insinuation, Intimation

3. Adjective. Marked by close acquaintance, association, or familiarity. "Intimate relations between economics, politics, and legal principles"
Similar to: Close

4. Verb. Imply as a possibility. "The evidence suggests a need for more clarification"
Exact synonyms: Suggest
Generic synonyms: Imply
Specialized synonyms: Make Out
Derivative terms: Intimation, Intimation, Suggestible, Suggestion, Suggestive, Suggestive

5. Adjective. Having or fostering a warm or friendly and informal atmosphere. "The small room was cozy and intimate"
Exact synonyms: Cozy, Informal
Similar to: Friendly
Derivative terms: Coziness, Informality

6. Adjective. Having mutual interests or affections; of established friendship. "Pretending she is on an intimate footing with those she slanders"
Exact synonyms: Familiar
Similar to: Close
Derivative terms: Familiarity, Familiarity

7. Adjective. Involved in a sexual relationship. "He touched her intimate parts"
Exact synonyms: Sexual
Similar to: Sexy

8. Adjective. Innermost or essential. "The intimate structure of matter"
Exact synonyms: Inner, Internal
Similar to: Intrinsic, Intrinsical

9. Adjective. Thoroughly acquainted through study or experience. "Knowledgeable about the technique of painting"
Exact synonyms: Knowledgeable, Versed
Similar to: Experienced, Experient
Derivative terms: Knowledgeability

Definition of Intimate

1. a. Innermost; inward; internal; deep-seated; hearty.

2. n. An intimate friend or associate; a confidant.

3. v. t. To announce; to declare; to publish; to communicate; to make known.

Definition of Intimate

1. Adjective. Closely acquainted; familiar. ¹

2. Adjective. Of or involved in a sexual relationship. ¹

3. Adjective. Personal, private. ¹

4. Noun. A very close friend. ¹

5. Noun. (''in plural'' '''intimates''') Women's underwear, sleepwear, or lingerie, especially offered for sale in a store. ¹

6. Verb. (transitive) To suggest or disclose discreetly. ¹

¹ Source:

Definition of Intimate

1. to make known indirectly [v -MATED, -MATING, -MATES]

Medical Definition of Intimate

1. 1. Innermost; inward; internal; deep-seated; hearty. "I knew from intimate impulse." 2. Near; close; direct; thorough; complete. "He was honored with an intimate and immediate admission." (South) 3. Close in friendship or acquaintance; familiar; confidential; as, an intimate friend. Synonym: Familiar, near, friendly, confidential. Origin: Formerly intime, L. Intimus, a superl. Corresponding to the compar. Interior cf. F. Intime. The form intimate is due to confusion with intimate, v. T. See Interior. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Intimate

intimate apparel
intimate with

Literary usage of Intimate

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Poetry by Modern Poetry Association (1921)
"AN intimate OF NIGHT I am an intimate of night; Its deep and dewy silences, Its starry parallels of light— Orion and the Pleiades. ..."

2. The Novels of Jane Austen by Jane Austen (1892)
"... a very interesting and satisfactory paragraph, at least to all those intimate connections who knew it before. This event, highly important to Mrs ..."

3. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1904)
"It appears to me, therefore, that the American Chemical Society has a more intimate union with the American Association for the Advancement of Science than ..."

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