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English definition of “intimate”

intimate

adjective     /ˈɪntɪmət/
PRIVATE private and personal: intimate details of her family life intimate conversationsSecrecy and privacy
RELATIONSHIP having a special relationship with someone who you like or love very much: an intimate friendFriendlyLoving and in love
SMALL If a place or event is intimate, it is small in a way that feels comfortable or private: an intimate hotelSmallExtremely smallFriendly
an intimate knowledge/understanding of sth a very good knowledge/understanding of something, so you know all of the facts about it or about how it worksIntelligencePerceptive
intimately adverb
(Definition of intimate adjective from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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