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American Dictionary of the English Language

Webster's Dictionary 1828

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Intimate


IN'TIMATE,adjective [Latin intimus, superlative of intus, or interus, within.]

1. Inmost; inward; internal; as intimate impulse.

2. Near; close.

He was honored with an intimate and immediate admission.

3. Close in friendship or acquaintance; familiar; as an intimate friend; intimate acquaintance.

IN'TIMATE, noun A familiar friend or associate; one to whom the thoughts of another are entrusted without reserve.

IN'TIMATE, verb intransitive To share together. [Not in use.]

IN'TIMATE, verb transitive [Low Latin intimo, to intimate to register, to love entirely, to make one intimate to enter, from intimus.]

To hint; to suggest obscurely, indirectly or not very plainly; to give slight notice of. He intimated his intention of resigning his office.

'Tis heaven itself that points out an hereafter,

And intimates eternity to man.