Intimate



[in-tuh-mit] /ˈɪn tə mɪt/

adjective
1.
associated in close personal relations:
an intimate friend.
2.
characterized by or involving warm friendship or a personally close or familiar association or feeling:
an intimate greeting.
3.
very private; closely personal:
one’s intimate affairs.
4.
characterized by or suggesting an atmosphere conducive to privacy or ; warmly cozy:
an intimate little café where we can relax and talk.
5.
(of an association, knowledge, understanding, etc.) arising from close personal connection or familiar experience.
6.
engaged in or characterized by sexual relations:
too young to handle an intimate relationship.
7.
(of women’s clothing) worn next to the skin, under street or outer garments:
a store that sells intimate apparel.
8.
detailed; deep:
a more intimate analysis.
9.
showing a close union or combination of particles or elements:
an intimate mixture.
10.
inmost; deep within.
11.
of, relating to, or characteristic of the inmost or essential nature; intrinsic:
the intimate structure of an organism.
12.
of, relating to, or existing in the inmost depths of the mind:
intimate beliefs.
noun
13.
an intimate friend or associate, especially a confidant.
[in-tuh-meyt] /ˈɪn təˌmeɪt/
verb (used with object), intimated, intimating.
1.
to indicate or make known indirectly; hint; imply; suggest.
2.
Archaic. to make known; announce.
/ˈɪntɪmɪt/
adjective
1.
characterized by a close or warm personal relationship: an intimate friend
2.
deeply personal, private, or secret
3.
(euphemistic) (often postpositive) foll by with. having sexual relations (with)
4.

5.
having a friendly, warm, or informal atmosphere: an intimate nightclub
6.
of or relating to the essential part or nature of something; intrinsic
7.
denoting the informal second person of verbs and pronouns in French and other languages
noun
8.
a close friend
/ˈɪntɪˌmeɪt/
verb (transitive; may take a clause as object)
1.
to hint; suggest
2.
to proclaim; make known
adj.

1630s, “closely acquainted, very familiar,” from Late Latin intimatus, past participle of intimare “make known, announce, impress,” from Latin intimus “inmost” (adj.), “close friend” (n.), superlative of in “in” (see in- (2)). Used euphemistically in reference to women’s underwear from 1904. Related: Intimately.
v.

“suggest indirectly,” 1530s, back-formation from intimation, or else from Late Latin intimatus, past participle of intimare. Related: Intimated; intimating.
n.

1650s, “person with whom one is intimate,” from intimate (adj.).

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