intimate

Intimate means being close. A small restaurant is called intimate because you're sitting close to the other people, and your best friends are considered your intimate friends.

This adjective can mean very friendly, or very personal or private. The original spelling was intime, from French, from Latin intimus "innermost," from intus "within." The related verb intimate means to hint or suggest. Intimate is also a noun meaning a close friend or associate. And when you get intimate with someone, it can mean that you're sexually involved.

Primary Meanings of intimate

1.
adjn
marked by close acquaintance, association, or familiarity
someone to whom private matters are confided
2.
v
imply as a possibility
Full Definitions of intimate
1

adj marked by close acquaintance, association, or familiarity

intimate friend”
“" intimate relations between economics, politics, and legal principles" - V.L. Parrington”
Synonyms:
close
close in relevance or relationship

adj having mutual interests or affections; of established friendship

“pretending she is on an intimate footing with those she slanders”
Synonyms:
familiar
close
close in relevance or relationship

adj involved in a sexual relationship

“the intimate (or sexual) relations between husband and wife”
“she had been intimate with many men”
“he touched her intimate parts”
Synonyms:
sexual
sexy
marked by or tending to arouse sexual desire or interest

adj thoroughly acquainted through study or experience

“"this girl, so intimate with nature"-W.H.Hudson”
Synonyms:
knowledgeable, versed
experienced, experient
having experience; having knowledge or skill from observation or participation

adj innermost or essential

“the intimate structure of matter”
Synonyms:
inner, internal
intrinsic, intrinsical
belonging to a thing by its very nature

adj having or fostering a warm or friendly and informal atmosphere

“an intimate cocktail lounge”
Synonyms:
cozy, informal
friendly
characteristic of or befitting a friend

n someone to whom private matters are confided

Synonyms:
confidant
Types:
confidante
a female confidant
repository, secretary
a person to whom a secret is entrusted
Type of:
friend
a person you know well and regard with affection and trust
2

v imply as a possibility

Synonyms:
suggest
Types:
make out
imply or suggest
Type of:
imply
suggest as a logically necessary consequence; in logic

v give to understand

Synonyms:
adumbrate, insinuate
Type of:
hint, suggest
drop a hint; intimate by a hint