1. Innermost; inward; internal; deep-seated; hearty. “I knew from intimate impulse.”
2. Near; close; direct; thorough; complete.
He was honored with an intimate and immediate admission. --South.
3. Close in friendship or acquaintance; familiar; confidential; as, an intimate friend.
Syn: -- Familiar; near; friendly; confidential.
In·ti·mate, n. An intimate friend or associate; a confidant.
In·ti·mate v. t. [imp. & p. p. Intimated p. pr. & vb. n. Intimating.]
1. To announce; to declare; to publish; to communicate; to make known. [Obs.]
He, incontinent, did proclaim and intimate open war. --E. Hall.
So both conspiring 'gan to intimate
Each other's grief. --Spenser.
2. To suggest obscurely or indirectly; to refer to remotely; to give slight notice of; to hint; as, he intimated his intention of resigning his office.
The names of simple ideas and substances, with the abstract ideas in the mind, intimate some real existence, from which was derived their original pattern. --Locke.
adj 1: marked by close aquaintance, association, or familiarity;
"intimate friend"; "intimate relations between
economics, politics, and legal principles" - V.L.
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,
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
n : someone to whom private matters are confided [syn: confidant]
v 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]