Meaning of “insinuate” in the English Dictionary

"insinuate" in British English

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insinuateverb [ T ]

uk /ɪnˈsɪn.ju.eɪt/ us /ɪnˈsɪn.ju.eɪt/

to suggest, without being direct, that something unpleasant is true:

[ + (that) ] Are you insinuating (that) I'm losing my nerve?
What are you insinuating, Daniel?
noun [ C or U ] uk /ɪnˌsɪn.juˈeɪ.ʃən/ us /ɪnˌsɪn.juˈeɪ.ʃən/

[ + that ] We resent these insinuations that we are not capable of leading the company forward.

(Definition of “insinuate” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"insinuate" in American English

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insinuateverb [ T ]

us /ɪnˈsɪn·juˌeɪt/

to express but not directly state something:

What exactly are you insinuating?
[ + (that) clause ] She insinuated (that) I’m getting fat.
noun [ C/U ] us /ɪnˌsɪn·juˈeɪ·ʃən/

[ C ] Contrary to your insinuation, we are not being unreasonable.

(Definition of “insinuate” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)