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Definition a subtle hint or indirect suggestion
  • When the cheering had died down, Napoleon, who had remained on his feet, intimated that he too had a few words to say.
    George Orwell  --  Animal Farm
intimated = indicated (showed indirectly)
  • There were moments when, as you "played king," you saw the intimation of a dream of love rising up out of death and this carnal body.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • I have already observed that the South is not a commercial country, and nothing intimates that it is likely to become so.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • This was not an agreeable intimation.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • It is an intimation that what has happened to me is a good, and that those of us who think that death is an evil are in error.
    Plato  --  The Apology
  • "Tommy" Hinds, as he was known to his intimates, was a squat little man, with broad shoulders and a florid face, decorated with gray side whiskers.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • At the time I had interpreted the last question as an intimation that there was a secret door, a door soon to be opened.
    Jill McCorkle  --  Ferris Beach
  • —It was the first intimation of his being returned from London.
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
  • A faint intimation that I have judged Madaline harshly, that we weren't even that different, she and 1.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • But lacking intimation of these things— dream-voice of gods—Akhilleus may feel dread when some god comes against him in the combat.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • With her necessity for reticences, with her coldness of manner, Leonora had singularly few intimates.
    Ford Madox Ford  --  The Good Soldier
  • Receiving this as an intimation that it was best not to delay, I settled that I would go to-morrow, and said so.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • Both negroes grinned a horrid grin, at this intimation.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom's Cabin
  • Laramie appeared to be agitated by this intimation of friendship.
    Zane Grey  --  The Lone Star Ranger
  • Evil thoughts became my sole intimates—the darkest and most evil of thoughts.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Black Cat
  • When the invitation came to me, there was not one word of intimation as to what I should say or as to what I should omit.
    Booker T. Washington  --  Up From Slavery: An Autobiography
  • She strained to hear any faintest intimation of movement that would tell her they were still here, but there was nothing.
    John Gardner  --  The Sunlight Dialogues
  • It is a faint intimation, yet so are the first streaks of morning.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • Mrs. Reynolds respect for Elizabeth seemed to increase on this intimation of her knowing her master.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • The old man closed his eyes eagerly, thereby intimating that such was his wish.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo

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