[ US /ˈɪnəmət, ˈɪntəˌmeɪt, ˈɪntəmət/ ]
  1. having mutual interests or affections; of established friendship
    pretending she is on an intimate footing with those she slanders
    on familiar terms
  2. marked by close acquaintance, association, or familiarity
    intimate friend
    intimate relations between economics, politics, and legal principles
  3. used euphemistically to refer to the genitals
    he touched her intimate parts
  4. involved in a sexual relationship
    the intimate (or sexual) relations between husband and wife
    she had been intimate with many men
  5. concerning things deeply private and personal
    intimate correspondence
    private family matters
  6. having or fostering a warm or friendly and informal atmosphere
    a relaxed informal manner
    had a cozy chat
    an intimate cocktail lounge
    the small room was cozy and intimate
  7. thoroughly acquainted through study or experience
    this girl, so intimate with nature
    knowledgeable about the technique of painting
  8. innermost or essential
    the inner logic of Cubism
    the intimate structure of matter
    the internal contradictions of the theory
  1. give to understand
    I insinuated that I did not like his wife
  2. imply as a possibility
    The evidence suggests a need for more clarification
  1. someone to whom private matters are confided
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How To Use intimate In A Sentence

  • A few fields have the remains of small sunken stone dwellings, intimate as those at Skara Brae.
  • He walked with the aid of a stick and his physique spoke of too intimate a relationship with the demon drink.
  • Barred from hearing the Sanskrit Veda and from access to the religion of the twice-born, they discovered their own spiritual path, an intimate and direct relationship with their Lord.
  • Some of you may be surprised to see Mr. Jerrold here in person-in as much as our notice card intimated that he had been "liquidated" - which process we have come to understand in recent years is somewhat of an ordeal. The Present Condition of England
  • Brown, a captivating and mysterious Midwesterner whose intimate slices of life are as heart-achingly beautiful as she is, will begrudgingly let listeners step into her secret hiding place filled with honest-to-goodness words and music about the human condition. Michael Bialas: Why Pieta Brown Digs the Music of Dylan, Dire Straits and her Dad
  • Fine screen, menu and function keys is also very intimate setting.
  • The Heskeths were on intimate terms with Henry Stanley, 4th Earl of Derby, whose country seat was Knowsley Hall (six miles east of Liverpool).
  • The swimming pool was decorated with fairy lights and floating candles and a table for the intimate party of 12 was set outside.
  • I must have more than 'intimated' -- I must have spoken plainly out the truth, if I do myself the barest justice, and told you long ago that the admiration at your works went _away_, quite another way and afar from the love of you. The Letters of Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett Barrett, Vol. 1 (of 2) 1845-1846
  • The familiar skyline is superimposed with the outline of two figures in an intimate embrace.
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