From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishintimatein‧ti‧mate1 /ˈɪntəmət/ ●○○ adjective 🔊 🔊 1restaurant/meal/placeFRIENDLYprivate and friendly so that you feel comfortable 🔊 the intimate atmosphere of a country pub 🔊 an intimate meal for two 🔊 The collection has been moved from its intimate setting to the British Museum.2friendsFRIEND having an extremely close friendship 🔊 an intimate friend of Picasso’s 🔊 an intimate relationship 🔊 She’s on intimate terms with people in government.3 →intimate knowledge of something4privatePRIVATE/PERSONALrelating to very private or personalmatters 🔊 the publication of intimate details of their affair► see thesaurus at private5sex formala)SEX/HAVE SEX WITHrelating to sex 🔊 The virus can only be transmitted through intimate contact.b)be intimate with somebodySEX/HAVE SEX WITH to have sex with someone6 →intimate link/connection etc —intimately adverb 🔊 The two aspects are intimately connected. 🔊 I am intimately acquainted with the state of my bank account.
intimate• This was not the first time his parents had intimated that they thought Fred only ordinarily able.• To remain, Hennepin intimated, was to court deafness.• I scanned the window for some new detail that would intimate we were getting closer to Moscow.intimate that• Cuevas intimated that a compromise might be reached soon.• Cuevas also intimated that a monetarysettlement might be obtained from Texas in exchange for acknowledging her freedom.• It was always intimated that he led kind of a wild life.• He even intimated that they had tried to corrupt him by sending femaletemptresses to seduce him in his Cambridge rooms.• This was not the first time his parents had intimated that they thought Fred only ordinarily able.intimatein‧ti‧mate3 /ˈɪntəmət/ noun [countable] formal 🔊 🔊 FRIENDa close personal friend
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intimate• He had impressed Presidents and made himself an intimate of the great.• Marriage is a coming together for better or for worse, hopefully enduring, and intimate to the degree of being sacred.• We reserve the last 18 inches around our bodies for intimates.• His principles are so vague that even his intimates seem unable to put them into words.• Some of his intimates were seriously concerned with his health.• Saint-Gaudens and joseph jefferson were their intimates, Whitman had visited their studio.• The two were intimates within fifteen minutes.