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Definition of intimate verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

intimate

 verb
verbVerb Forms present simple I / you / we / they intimate
BrE BrE//ˈɪntɪmeɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈɪntɪmeɪt//
 
he / she / it intimates
BrE BrE//ˈɪntɪmeɪts//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈɪntɪmeɪts//
 
past simple intimated
BrE BrE//ˈɪntɪmeɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈɪntɪmeɪtɪd//
 
past participle intimated
BrE BrE//ˈɪntɪmeɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈɪntɪmeɪtɪd//
 
-ing form intimating
BrE BrE//ˈɪntɪmeɪtɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈɪntɪmeɪtɪŋ//
 
 
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BrE BrE//ˈɪntɪmeɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈɪntɪmeɪt//
 
(formal) to let somebody know what you think or mean in an indirect way synonym let it be known/make it known that… intimate something (to somebody) He has already intimated to us his intention to retire. intimate (that)… He has already intimated (that) he intends to retire.
Word Originverb early 16th cent.: (earlier (late Middle English) as intimation) from late Latin intimat- ‘made known’, from the verb intimare ‘impress, make familiar’, from intimus ‘inmost’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: intimate

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