1. Innermost; inward; internal; deep-seated; hearty. "I knew from intimate impulse."

2. Near; close; direct; thorough; complete. "He was honored with an intimate and immediate admission." (South)

3. Close in friendship or acquaintance; familiar; confidential; as, an intimate friend.

Synonyms: Familiar, near, friendly, confidential.

Origin: Formerly intime, L. Intimus, a superl. Corresponding to the compar. Interior cf. F. Intime. The form intimate is due to confusion with intimate, v. T. See Interior.

(01 Mar 1998)

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