Intimate - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈɪntɪmət|  American pronunciation of the word intimate
Brit.  |ˈɪntɪmət|  British pronunciation of the word intimate


- someone to whom private matters are confided (syn: confidant)


- give to understand (syn: adumbrate, insinuate)
- imply as a possibility (syn: suggest)
- marked by close acquaintance, association, or familiarity
- concerning things deeply private and personal (syn: private)
- having or fostering a warm or friendly and informal atmosphere (syn: cozy, informal)
- having mutual interests or affections; of established friendship (syn: familiar)
- used euphemistically to refer to the genitals
- involved in a sexual relationship (syn: sexual)
- innermost or essential (syn: inner, internal)
- thoroughly acquainted through study or experience (syn: knowledgeable, versed)


...trying to intimate that there was more going on than anyone knew...

They remained intimate friends throughout their lives.

They are in an intimate and committed relationship.

His coworkers knew him as “Robert,” but his intimates called him “Robbie.”

...usually quite aloof in public, he's actually quite relaxed with his intimates...

My friends are very intimate with Mr. Black.

The collection has been moved from its intimate setting to the British Museum.

She's on intimate terms with people in government.

The virus can only be transmitted through intimate contact.

He intimated, politely but firmly, that we were not welcome.

She had already intimated to me her wish to leave.

There is an intimate interdependence of intellect and morals.

intimate relations between economics, politics, and legal principles

the small room was cozy and intimate

pretending she is on an intimate footing with those she slanders

Word forms

I/you/we/they: intimate
he/she/it: intimates
present participle: intimating
past tense: intimated
past participle: intimated
singular: intimate
plural: intimates
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