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Date: 1600-1700
Origin: intime 'intimate' (1600-1700), from Latin intimus; INTIMATE2

intimate

1 adjective
     
in‧ti‧mate1
1

restaurant/meal/place

private 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.
2

friends

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 something

very detailed knowledge of something as a result of careful study or a lot of experience:
his intimate knowledge of the coal industry
4

private

relating to very private or personal matters:
the publication of intimate details of their affair
5

sex

formal
a) relating to sex:
The virus can only be transmitted through intimate contact.
b)

be intimate with somebody

to have sex with someone
6

intimate link/connection etc

a very close connection between two things:
the intimate connection between physical and mental health
intimately adverb:
The two aspects are intimately connected.
I am intimately acquainted with the state of my bank account.

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