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. You might intimate to your intimates that you want to leave a boring party.

Definitions of intimate
  1. adjective
    marked by close acquaintance, association, or familiarity
    intimate friend”
    “" intimate relations between economics, politics, and legal principles" - V.L. Parrington”
    close in relevance or relationship
  2. adjective
    having mutual interests or affections; of established friendship
    “pretending she is on an intimate footing with those she slanders”
    synonyms: familiar
    close in relevance or relationship
  3. adjective
    involved in a sexual relationship
    synonyms: sexual
    marked by or tending to arouse sexual desire or interest
  4. adjective
    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
  5. adjective
    innermost or essential
    “the intimate structure of matter”
    synonyms: inner, internal
    intrinsic, intrinsical
    belonging to a thing by its very nature
  6. adjective
    having or fostering a warm or friendly and informal atmosphere
    synonyms: cozy, informal
    characteristic of or befitting a friend
  7. noun
    someone to whom private matters are confided
    synonyms: confidant
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    a female confidant
    repository, secretary
    a person to whom a secret is entrusted
    type of:
    a person you know well and regard with affection and trust
  8. verb
    imply as a possibility
    synonyms: suggest
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    make out
    imply or suggest
    type of:
    suggest as a logically necessary consequence; in logic
  9. verb
    give to understand
    synonyms: adumbrate, insinuate
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    type of:
    hint, suggest
    drop a hint; intimate by a hint
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