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in·ti·mate1  audio  (nt-mt) KEY 

ADJECTIVE:
  1. Marked by close acquaintance, association, or familiarity.
  2. Relating to or indicative of one's deepest nature: intimate prayers.
  3. Essential; innermost: the intimate structure of matter.
  4. Marked by informality and privacy: an intimate nightclub.
  5. Very personal; private: an intimate letter.
  6. Of or involved in a sexual relationship.
NOUN:
A close friend or confidant.

ETYMOLOGY:
Latin intimtus, past participle of intimre, to make familiar with ; see intimate2

OTHER FORMS:
inti·mate·ly(Adverb), inti·mate·ness(Noun)


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