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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)
  • It was then that I intimated to Armstrong that we must carry our plan into effect.
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • intimated = suggested
  • Nor did his demeanour change when the withdrawal of the prison keeper left him face to face with the woman, whose absorbed notice of him, in the crowd, had intimated so close a relation between himself and her.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • intimated = indicated or suggested
  • But through the whole period during which I was the slave of my creature I allowed myself to be governed by the impulses of the moment; and my present sensations strongly intimated that the fiend would follow me and exempt my family from the danger of his machinations.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • intimated = indicated or suggested
  • Or, must she receive those intimations—so obscure, yet so distinct—as truth?
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • intimations = indications of something
  • But there was something in the latter's expression that warned back the magistrate, although a man not readily obeying the vague intimations that pass from one spirit to another.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • intimations = indications
  • And the Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale's best discerning friends, as we have intimated, very reasonably imagined that the hand of Providence had done all this for the purpose—besought in so many public and domestic and secret prayers—of restoring the young minister to health.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • intimated = suggested
  • 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

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