AskDefine | Define intimation

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1 an indirect suggestion; "not a breath of scandal ever touched her" [syn: hint, breath]
2 a slight suggestion or vague understanding; "he had no inkling what was about to happen" [syn: inkling, glimmering, glimmer]

User Contributed Dictionary



Latin intimatio: compare French intimation.


  • /ˌɪntəˈmeɪʃən/, /%Int@meIS@n/
  • Rhymes: -eɪʃǝn


  1. The act of intimating; also, the thing intimated.
  2. Announcement; declaration.
    • They made an edict with an intimation that whosoever killed a stork, should be banished. — Holland.
  3. A hint; an obscure or indirect suggestion or notice; a remote or ambiguous reference; as, he had given only intimations of his design.
    • Without mentioning the king of England, or giving the least intimation that he was sent by him. — Bp. Burnet.
    • At length, perchance, the immaterial heaven will appear as much higher to the American mind, and the intimations that star it as much brighter. — 1862 Thoreau, Walking.

Extensive Definition

Intimate may refer to:
  • Intimate examination, a physical examination for medical purposes that includes examination of the breasts, genitalia, or rectum of a patient
  • Intimate ion pair, the interactions between a cation, anion and surrounding solvent molecules
  • Intimate media, media artifacts created and collected to capture and commemorate aspects of family and intimate relationships
  • Intimate part, a place on the human body which it is usually customary to keep covered with clothing in public areas
  • Intimate relationship, a particularly close interpersonal relationship

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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