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Dictionary Definition

intimate adj
1 marked by close aquaintance, association, or familiarity; "intimate friend"; "intimate relations between economics, politics, and legal principles" - V.L. Parrington
2 having or fostering a warm or friendly atmosphere; especially through smallness and informality; "had a cozy chat"; "a relaxed informal manner"; "an intimate cocktail lounge"; "the small room was cozy and intimate" [syn: cozy, informal]
3 having mutual interests or affections; of established friendship; "on familiar terms"; "pretending she is on an intimate footing with those she slanders" [syn: familiar]
4 involved in a sexual relationship; "the intimate (or sexual) relations between husband and wife"; "she had been intimate with many men" [syn: sexual]
5 innermost or essential; "the inner logic of Cubism"; "the internal contradictions of the theory"; "the intimate structure of matter" [syn: inner, internal]
6 thoroughly acquainted with through study or experience; "this girl, so intimate with nature"-W.H.Hudson; "knowledgeaIble about the technique of painting"- Herbert Read [syn: intimate with, knowledgeable, knowledgeable about(p)] n : someone to whom private matters are confided [syn: confidant]


1 give to understand; "I insinuated that I did not like his wife" [syn: adumbrate, insinuate]
2 imply as a possibility; "The evidence suggests a need for more clarification" [syn: suggest]

User Contributed Dictionary



intimare, to impress, to make familiar


  • Adjective and noun:
    • ĭn'tĭmət, /ˈɪntɪmət/, /"IntIm@t/
  • Verb:
    • ĭn'tĭmāt, /ˈɪntɪmeɪt/, /"IntImeIt/


  1. Closely acquainted; familiar.
    He and his sister deeply valued their intimate relationship as they didn't have much else to live for.
  2. Of or involved in a sexual relationship.
    She enjoyed some intimate time alone with her husband.
  3. Personal, private.
    an intimate friend
    an intimate setting''


closely acquainted; familiar
of or involved in a sexual relationship
personal, private


  1. A very close friend.
    Only a couple of intimates had ever read his writing.
  2. (in plural intimates) Women's underwear, sleepwear, or lingerie, especially offered for sale in a store.
    You'll find bras and panties in the women's intimates section upstairs.


very close friend
intimates: women's underwear, sleepwear or lingerie


  1. To suggest or disclose discreetly.
    He intimated that we should leave before the argument escalated.


To suggest or disclose discreetly



  1. Form of Second-person plural present tense, intimare
  2. Form of Second-person plural imperative, intimare#Italian|intimare

Extensive Definition

Intimate may refer to:
  • Intimate examination, a physical examination for medical purposes that includes examination of the breasts, genitalia, or rectum of a patient
  • Intimate ion pair, the interactions between a cation, anion and surrounding solvent molecules
  • Intimate media, media artifacts created and collected to capture and commemorate aspects of family and intimate relationships
  • Intimate part, a place on the human body which it is usually customary to keep covered with clothing in public areas
  • Intimate relationship, a particularly close interpersonal relationship

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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