Intimating



[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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