V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. a suggestion made indirectly; 2. a formal announcement

Synonyms: clue, suggestion, implication, innuendo, hint, citation, remark, announcement, declaration

Antonyms: commandment, mandate, decree

Tips: Intimation is derived from the Latin intimre, which means "to make known." An intimation makes something known indirectly or formally. The word intimate is the verb form, and means "to suggest or hint." Note: do not confuse the verb form of intimate (pronounced with a long "a") with the adjective intimate, (pronounced with a short "a") which means "personal." Use intimate and intimation as a more sophisticated way of saying "suggest" or "suggestion," but remember intimation and intimate are more specific, as they denote implying and being indirect in how you suggest or make something known.

Usage Examples:

Although they received an intimation of the Governor's visit, no one believed he would really come. (implication, hint)

I had no intimation of the trouble I was about to encounter. (clue, suggestion)

He intimated that I may be getting the promotion, but said that I should keep it quiet for now. (hinted, implied, suggested) verb

I was shocked by his intimation that he suspected me of having an affair. (implication, innuendo)

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