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"intimate" in British English

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intimateadjective

uk   /ˈɪn.tɪ.mət/ us   /ˈɪn.t̬ə.mət/
  • 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.

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intimately
adverb uk   /ˈɪn.tɪ.mət.li/ us   /ˈɪn.t̬ə.mət.li/
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.

intimatenoun [C]

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

intimateverb [T]

uk   /ˈɪn.tɪ.meɪt/ us   /ˈɪn.t̬ə.meɪt/ formal
to make clear what you think or want without saying it directly: [+ (that)] She has intimated that she will resign if she loses the vote.
intimation
noun [C] uk   /ˌɪn.tɪˈmeɪ.ʃən/ us   /ˌɪn.t̬əˈmeɪ.ʃən/
His suicide attempt was the first intimation that he was seriously depressed.
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"intimate" in American English

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intimateadjective

us   /ˈɪn·tə·mət/
  • intimate adjective (PERSONAL)

being a close, personal friend, or having a close, personal relationship: an intimate friend
An intimate relationship can also refer to a romantic relationship: They had been good friends, but they had never in any way been intimate.
Intimate can also mean private and personal: She refused to discuss the intimate details of her life.
  • intimate adjective (EXPERT)

expert and detailed: an intimate knowledge of cattle farming

intimatenoun [C]

us   /ˈɪn·tə·mət/
  • intimate noun [C] (FRIEND)

a close friend: George was never one of the president’s intimates.

intimateverb [T]

us   /ˈɪn·təˌmeɪt/
to suggest that something will happen or is true, without saying so directly: [+ that clause] He intimated that they had thought about getting married.
(Definition of intimate from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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