in|ti|mate1 [ˈıntımıt] adj
3 intimate knowledge of something
6 intimate link/connection etc
[Date: 1600-1700; Origin: intime 'intimate' (1600-1700), from Latin intimus; INTIMATE2]
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 important people in the government.
3.) intimate knowledge of sth
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
relating to sex
The virus can only be transmitted through intimate contact.
b) be intimate with sb
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 adv
The two aspects are intimately connected.
I am intimately acquainted with the state of my bank account.
intimate 2
in|ti|mate2 [ˈıntımeıt] v [T] formal
[Date: 1500-1600; : Late Latin; Origin: , past participle of intimare 'to put in, announce', from Latin intimus 'furthest inside', from an unrecorded Latin interus; INTERIOR2]
to make people understand what you mean without saying it directly
intimate that
He intimated, politely but firmly, that we were not welcome.
intimate sth to sb
She had already intimated to me her wish to leave.
intimate 3
in|ti|mate3 [ˈıntımıt] n formal
a close personal friend

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