• WordNet 3.6
    • adj intimate having mutual interests or affections; of established friendship "on familiar terms","pretending she is on an intimate footing with those she slanders"
    • adj intimate marked by close acquaintance, association, or familiarity "intimate friend","intimate relations between economics, politics, and legal principles" - V.L. Parrington"
    • adj intimate thoroughly acquainted through study or experience "this girl, so intimate with nature"-W.H.Hudson","knowledgeable about the technique of painting"- Herbert Read"
    • adj intimate having or fostering a warm or friendly and informal atmosphere "had a cozy chat","a relaxed informal manner","an intimate cocktail lounge","the small room was cozy and intimate"
    • adj intimate innermost or essential "the inner logic of Cubism","the internal contradictions of the theory","the intimate structure of matter"
    • adj intimate involved in a sexual relationship "the intimate (or sexual) relations between husband and wife","she had been intimate with many men","he touched her intimate parts"
    • v intimate give to understand "I insinuated that I did not like his wife"
    • v intimate imply as a possibility "The evidence suggests a need for more clarification"
    • n intimate someone to whom private matters are confided
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Intimate An intimate friend or associate; a confidant.
    • Intimate Close in friendship or acquaintance; familiar; confidential; as, an intimate friend.
    • Intimate Innermost; inward; internal; deep-seated; hearty. "I knew from intimate impulse."
    • Intimate Near; close; direct; thorough; complete. "He was honored with an intimate and immediate admission."
    • Intimate To announce; to declare; to publish; to communicate; to make known. "He, incontinent, did proclaim and intimate open war.""So both conspiring 'gan to intimate Each other's grief."
    • Intimate 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."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • intimate To make known, especially in a formal manner; announce.
    • intimate Specifically, to make known by indirect means or words; hint or suggest; indicate; point out.
    • intimate Synonyms Suggest, Insinuate, etc. See hint, transitive verb
    • intimate Inner; inmost; intrinsic; pertaining to minute details or particulars: as, the intimate structure of an organism; the intimate principles of a science.
    • intimate Pertaining to the inmost mind; existing in one's inner thoughts or feelings; inward: as, intimate convictions or beliefs; intimate knowledge of a subject.
    • intimate Closely approximating or coalescing; near; familiar: as, intimate relation of parts; intimate union of particles; intimate intercourse.
    • intimate Close in friendship or acquaintance; on very familiar terms; not reserved or distant.
    • intimate Familiarly associated: personal.
    • n intimate A familiar friend, companion, or guest; one who has close social relations with another or others.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Intimate in′ti-māt innermost: internal: close: closely acquainted: familiar
    • n Intimate a familiar friend: an associate
    • v.t Intimate to hint: to announce
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  • Ambrose Bierce
    “Acquaintance: a degree of friendship called slight when its object is poor or obscure, and intimate when he is rich or famous.”
  • Irish Proverb
    Irish Proverb
    “Be neither intimate nor distant with the clergy.”
  • Barbara De Angelis
    “The greatest gift you and your partner can give your children is the example of an intimate, healthy, and loving relationship.”
  • Reinhold Niebuhr
    “Family life is too intimate to be preserved by the spirit of justice. It can be sustained by a spirit of love which goes beyond justice.”
  • Nathaniel Hawthorne
    “Our most intimate friend is not he to whom we show the worst, but the best of our nature.”
  • Orson Welles
    “My doctor told me to stop having intimate dinners for four unless there are three other people.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Formerly intime, L. intimus, a superl. corresponding to the compar. interior,: cf. F. intime,. The form intimate, is due to confusion with intimate, v. t. See Interior


In literature:

The intimation, moreover, is made, not in order to keep these Pharisees back, but to urge them forward.
"The Parables of Our Lord" by William Arnot
Perhaps I should do better to state who our intimates were in those days, and what has become of them.
"We Three" by Gouverneur Morris
I am sure that any intimate friend of yours would have something to say for herself.
"Kept in the Dark" by Anthony Trollope
Sears C. Walker, who was an intimate friend, kept a school in Sansom Street, to which I was transferred.
"Memoirs" by Charles Godfrey Leland
She had no memory of her own of which the vivid brightness or the intimate sadness could diminish the force of this new impression.
"Adam Johnstone's Son" by F. Marion Crawford
The philosopher and pupil were henceforth intimate friends.
"The Modern Scottish Minstrel, Volumes I-VI." by Various
He had given no intimation of a change of political principles.
"A Political History of the State of New York, Volumes 1-3" by DeAlva Stanwood Alexander
But a call at that hour is not at all times convenient, unless from once intimate friends, and we are not intimate.
"Janet's Love and Service" by Margaret M Robertson
This was the first intimation that Columbus had received of the safe voyage of Mendez and Fiesco.
"Notable Voyagers" by W.H.G. Kingston and Henry Frith
In time, the little girl became very intimate, and very partial to me.
"Japhet in Search of a Father" by Frederick Marryat

In poetry:

I gave my poems to a man,
Who said that they were very great--
They showed just how my love began
And ended, but too intimate
"The Philistine" by Thomas MacDonagh
Ah, to live a life unbroken,
Scornful of the worst of fate!
Like that tree ... with branches oaken....
Joy's unspoken intimate.--
"One Day And Another: A Lyrical Eclogue – Part V" by Madison Julius Cawein
The Times would never have the space
For Ned's discreet achievements;
The public prints are not the place
For intimate bereavements.
"The Hon. Sec." by Sir John Betjeman
Meanwhile, without, the surly cannon waited,
The sun rose bright o'erhead;
Nothing in Nature's aspect intimated
That a great man was dead.
"The Warden Of The Cinque Ports. (Birds Of Passage. Flight The First)" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Thou shalt intimately lie
In the roots of flowers that thrust
Upwards from thee to the sky,
With no more distrust,
When they blossom from thy dust.
"To A Poet" by Alice Meynell
By daring first in lively Russian speech
To celebrate the virtues of Felitsa,
To talk of God with intimate simplicity,
And with a smile announce the truth to kings.
"Monument" by Gavrila Romanovich Derzhavin

In news:

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Boston University College of Fine Arts' production of ' Intimate Apparel .
Lynn Nottage's great-grandmother, a 1912 immigrant, made intimate apparel for African American and white women in New York.
An e-retailer targets women who need a particular kind of intimate apparel .
Macy's Minneapolis, fourth-floor ladies room in Intimate Apparel .
Man, woman busted after spotted ' intimately involved' on beach.
Man, woman arrested after spotted ' intimately involved' on beach.
Old Crow Medicine Show's Ketch and Critter hit the back roads for an intimate reunion tour.
Macy's Minneapolis, fourth-floor ladies room in Intimate Apparel.
An unexpected and fascinating aspect of migration in the Americas, viewed in intimate close-up.
Getting intimate with Languedoc .
Facebook's intimate knowledge of its members makes it a unique marketing vehicle.

In science:

According to Eq.(4) the linear-intime exponential decay changes to the much more rapid quadratic Gaussian decay roughly after t ≈ tH iterations.
Quantum error correction of coherent errors by randomization
For example, in N = 1 supersymmetric Yang-Mills theory this is intimately related to the existence of the exact NSVZ β -function [NSVZ83], which has the form of a geometric series.
String Theory and the Vacuum Structure of Confining Gauge Theories
On comparing formulae (151) and (157) we observe that the structure of the correlation function KN (µ, ν ) is very intimately related to the above Riemann-Hilbert problem.
Introduction to the Random Matrix Theory: Gaussian Unitary Ensemble and Beyond
The richness of random matrix theory was greatly enhanced during the last couple of years of the millennium by the discovery of its intimate connections with increasing subsequences and non-intersecting lattice paths in enumerative and asymptotic combinatorics (for reviews see [1, 13]).
Counting formulas associated with some random matrix averages
This intimate relation can serve to study the zeros of C (λ) through those of f0 (λ).
On the simpleness of zeros of Stokes multipliers