Meaning of “intimate” in the English Dictionary

"intimate" in English

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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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adverb uk /ˈɪn.tɪ.mə us /ˈɪn.t̬ə.mə

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

intimateverb [ T ]

uk /ˈɪn.tɪ.meɪt/ us /ˈɪn.t̬ə.meɪt/ formal
noun [ C ] uk /ˌɪn.tɪˈmeɪ.ʃən/ us /ˌɪn.t̬əˈmeɪ.ʃən/

His suicide attempt was the first intimation that he was seriously depressed.

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

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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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People there suffered for a very long time under undemocratic regimes which arbitrarily controlled all areas of their life, even the most intimate.
As regards the use of fragrances in baby products or products for intimate hygiene, we would have liked to have seen a complete outlawing of fragrances in baby products.
As previous speakers have said, this is a very delicate subject which touches on the most intimate area of our citizens' lives.