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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 in·sin·u·ate /ɪnˈsɪnjəˌwet/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 In·sin·u·ate v. t. [imp. & p. p. Insinuated p. pr. & vb. n. Insinuating.]
 1. To introduce gently or slowly, as by a winding or narrow passage, or a gentle, persistent movement.
    The water easily insinuates itself into, and placidly distends, the vessels of vegetables.   --Woodward.
 2. To introduce artfully; to infuse gently; to instill.
    All the art of rhetoric, besides order and clearness, are for nothing else but to insinuate wrong ideas, move the passions, and thereby mislead the judgment.   --Locke.
    Horace laughs to shame all follies and insinuates virtue, rather by familiar examples than by the severity of precepts.   --Dryden.
 3. To hint; to suggest by remote allusion; -- often used derogatorily; as, did you mean to insinuate anything?
 4. To push or work (one's self), as into favor; to introduce by slow, gentle, or artful means; to ingratiate; -- used reflexively.
    He insinuated himself into the very good grace of the Duke of Buckingham.   --Clarendon.
 Syn: -- To instill; hint; suggest; intimate.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 In·sin·u·ate, v. i.
 1. To creep, wind, or flow in; to enter gently, slowly, or imperceptibly, as into crevices.
 2. To ingratiate one's self; to obtain access or favor by flattery or cunning.
    He would insinuate with thee but to make thee sigh.   --Shak.
    To insinuate, flatter, bow, and bend my limbs.   --Shak.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      v 1: introduce or insert (oneself) in a subtle manner; "He
           insinuated himself into the conversation of the people
           at the nearby table"
      2: give to understand; "I insinuated that I did not like his
         wife" [syn: intimate, adumbrate]