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Meaning of “intimate” in the English Dictionary

"intimate" in British English

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intimateadjective

uk   /ˈɪn.tɪ.mət/  us   /-t̬ə-/
  • intimate adjective (PERSONAL)

C2 having, or being ​likely to ​cause, a very ​closefriendship or ​personal or ​sexualrelationship: intimate ​relationships The ​restaurant has a very intimate atmosphere. He's ​become very intimate with an ​actress.

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  • 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   us   /-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   /-t̬ə-/ formal
a ​friend you ​know very well: Intimates of the ​star say that he has been ​upset by the ​personalattacks on him that have ​appeared in the ​pressrecently.

intimateverb [T]

uk   /ˈɪn.tɪ.meɪt/  us   /-t̬ə-/ 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   /-t̬ə-/
His ​suicideattempt was the first intimation that he was ​seriouslydepressed.
(Definition of intimate from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"intimate" in American English

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intimateadjective

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

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

expert and ​detailed: an intimate ​knowledge of ​cattlefarming

intimatenoun [C]

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

a ​closefriend: 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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