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Definition of insinuate verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they insinuate
    he / she / it insinuates
    past simple insinuated
    -ing form insinuating
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  1. 1to suggest indirectly that something unpleasant is true synonym imply insinuate that… The article insinuated that he was having an affair with his friend's wife. insinuate something What are you trying to insinuate? an insinuating smile
  2. 2insinuate yourself into something (formal) (disapproving) to succeed in gaining someone's respect, affection, etc. so that you can use the situation to your own advantage In the first act, the villain insinuates himself into the household of the man he intends to kill.
  3. 3insinuate yourself/something + adv./prep. (formal) to slowly move yourself or a part of your body into a particular position or place She insinuated her right hand under his arm.
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