V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary
Definition: 1. to suggest indirectly that something negative is true; 2. to worm or insert yourself into a place of favor in a subtle way
Synonyms: hint, allude, imply, purport, suggest, indicate, worm, instill, inject
Antonyms: conceal, hide, suppress
Tips: Insinuate is derived from the Latin insinuare, which means "curve." The underlying meaning is that of taking the indirect, roundabout way. Insinuate is often used to denote implying or suggesting something in an indirect way. You are not being "straight" and coming out and saying what you mean; you are insinuating (suggesting, implying) something, and it is usually something negative.
How dare he insinuate that women are not as smart as men! (imply, suggest)
He insinuated himself into the job position by staying on the boss's good side. (wormed, injected)
She tried to insinuate that it was my fault we lost the business, but our boss knew the truth. (allude, imply)
I didn't know anyone at the party, so I insinuated myself into a group conversation, hoping to make some new friends. (injected, instilled)
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