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intimate

adjective uk   /ˈɪn.tɪ.mət/ us    /-t̬ə-/

intimate adjective (PERSONAL)

C2 having, or being likely to cause, a very close friendship or personal or sexual relationship: intimate relationships The restaurant has a very intimate atmosphere. He's become very intimate with an actress.

intimate adjective (EXPERT)

C2 (of knowledge or understanding) detailed, and obtained from a lot of studying or experience: She has an intimate knowledge of Tuscany, where she has lived for 20 years.
intimately
adverb uk   /-li/ us  
Well, I know who she is although I'm not intimately (= closely) acquainted with her. She's been intimately involved in the project since it began.

intimate

noun [C] uk   /ˈɪn.tɪ.mət/ us    /-t̬ə-/ formal
a friend you know very well: Intimates of the star say that he has been upset by the personal attacks on him that have appeared in the press recently.
(Definition of intimate adjective, noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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