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"insinuate" in British English

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insinuateverb [T]

uk   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?
insinuation
noun [C or U] uk   us   /ɪnˌsɪn.juˈeɪ.ʃən/
[+ that] We ​resent these insinuations that we are not ​capable of ​leading the ​companyforward.
(Definition of insinuate from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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insinuateverb [T]

 us   /ɪnˈsɪn·juˌeɪt/
to ​express but not ​directlystate something: What ​exactly are you insinuating? [+ (that) clause] She insinuated (that) I’m getting ​fat.
insinuation
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)
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