insinuate

  • 1 Insinuate — In*sin u*ate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Insinuated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Insinuating}.] [L. insinuatus, p. p. of insinuareto insinuate; pref. in in + sinus the bosom. See {Sinuous}.] [1913 Webster] 1. To introduce gently or slowly, as by a winding or… …

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  • 2 Insinuate — In*sin u*ate, v. i. 1. To creep, wind, or flow in; to enter gently, slowly, or imperceptibly, as into crevices. [1913 Webster] 2. To ingratiate one s self; to obtain access or favor by flattery or cunning. [1913 Webster] He would insinuate with… …

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  • 3 insinuate — [in sin′yo͞o āt΄] vt. insinuated, insinuating [< L insinuatus, pp. of insinuare, to introduce by windings and turnings, insinuate < in , in + sinus, curved surface] 1. to introduce or work into gradually, indirectly, and artfully [to… …

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  • 4 insinuate — [v1] hint, suggest allude, ascribe, connote, imply, impute, indicate, intimate, mention, propose, purport, refer, signify; concepts 49,75 Ant. conceal, hide, withhold insinuate [v2] force one’s way into curry favor*, edge in, fill in, foist, get… …

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  • 5 insinuate — ► VERB 1) suggest or hint (something bad) in an indirect and unpleasant way. 2) (insinuate oneself into) manoeuvre oneself gradually into (a favourable position). DERIVATIVES insinuating adjective insinuator noun. ORIGIN originally in the sense… …

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  • 6 insinuate — index allude, connote, hint, imply, impose (intrude), incriminate, indicate, infer …

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  • 7 insinuate — (v.) 1520s, from L. insinuatus, pp. of insinuare to throw in, push in, make a way; creep in, intrude, bring in by windings and curvings, wind one s way into, from in in (see IN (Cf. in ) (2)) + sinuare to wind, bend, curve, from sinus a curve,… …

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  • 8 insinuate — 1 introduce, insert, interject, interpolate, intercalate, interpose Analogous words: infuse, inoculate, imbue, leaven: instill, inculcate, *implant 2 intimate, hint, *suggest, imply Analogous words: allude, advert, *refer: impute, *ascribe …

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  • 9 insinuate — v. 1) (d; refl.) ( to ingratiate ) to insinuate into (to insinuate oneself into smb. s good graces) 2) (L; to) ( to suggest ) she insinuated (to us) that her partner had embezzled funds * * * [ɪn sɪnjʊeɪt] (L; to) ( to suggest ) she insinuate (to …

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  • 10 insinuate — UK [ɪnˈsɪnjueɪt] / US [ɪnˈsɪnjuˌeɪt] verb [transitive] Word forms insinuate : present tense I/you/we/they insinuate he/she/it insinuates present participle insinuating past tense insinuated past participle insinuated to say something unpleasant… …

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  • 11 insinuate — in|sin|u|ate [ınˈsınjueıt] v [T] [Date: 1500 1600; : Latin; Origin: , past participle of insinuare, from sinuare to bend, curve ] 1.) to say something which seems to mean something unpleasant without saying it openly, especially suggesting that… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 12 insinuate — in|sin|u|ate [ ın sınju,eıt ] verb transitive to say something unpleasant in an indirect way: insinuate (that): He even went as far as insinuating that Roger was a liar. insinuate yourself (into something) to get into a situation or position by… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 13 insinuate — verb (T) 1 to say something which seems to mean something unpleasant without saying it directly, for example saying indirectly that someone is being dishonest: insinuate that: Are you insinuating that the money was stolen? 2 insinuate yourself… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 14 insinuate — insinuative /in sin yooh ay tiv, yooh euh /, insinuatory /in sin yooh euh tawr ee, tohr ee/, adj. insinuatively, adv. insinuator, n. /in sin yooh ayt /, v., insinuated, insinuating. v.t. 1. to suggest or hint slyly: He insinuated that they were… …

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  • 15 Insinuate — In the biomedical sciences, to introduce slowly, through a winding or narrow passage, or by a persistent movement. The term insinuate in this sense carries the connotation of introducing artfully and gently, as a cardiologist would do in… …

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  • 16 insinuate — See imply, insinuate. See imply, insinuate …

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  • 17 insinuate — in•sin•u•ate [[t]ɪnˈsɪn yuˌeɪt[/t]] v. at•ed, at•ing 1) to suggest or hint slyly: He insinuated that they were lying[/ex] 2) to instill or infuse subtly or artfully, as into the mind: to insinuate doubt[/ex] 3) to bring or introduce into a… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 18 insinuate — [c]/ɪnˈsɪnjueɪt / (say in sinyoohayt) verb (insinuated, insinuating) –verb (t) 1. to suggest or hint slyly. 2. instil or infuse subtly or artfully into the mind: to insinuate doubt. 3. to bring or introduce into a position or relation by indirect …

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  • 19 insinuate — verb ( ated; ating) Etymology: Latin insinuatus, past participle of insinuare, from in + sinuare to bend, curve, from sinus curve Date: 1529 transitive verb 1. a. to introduce (as an idea) gradually or in a subtle, indirect, or covert way <… …

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  • 20 insinuate — Synonyms and related words: accuse, adumbrate, allege, allegorize, allude to, arraign, article, ascribe, assume, barge in, book, break in, break in upon, bring accusation, bring charges, bring to book, bring to mind, burst in, butt in, charge,… …

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