intimate1 /ˈɪntəmət/ ●○○ adjective
1 RESTAURANT/MEAL/PLACE 饭店/餐饮/地方 private and friendly so that you feel comfortable 幽静舒适的，温馨的
the intimate atmosphere of a country pub
an intimate meal for two
The collection has been moved from its intimate setting to the British Museum.
2 FRIENDS 朋友 having an extremely close friendship 亲密的；密切的
an intimate friend of Picasso’s
an intimate relationship
She’s on intimate terms with people in government.
3 intimate knowledge of something very detailed knowledge of something as a result of careful study or a lot of experience 〔因细心研究或经验丰富而〕精通某事
his intimate knowledge of the coal industry
4 PRIVATE 私人的 relating to very private or personal matters 隐私的；个人的
the publication of intimate details of their affair
► see thesaurus at private
5 SEX 性的 formal
a) relating to sex 与性有关的
The virus can only be transmitted through intimate contact.
b) be intimate with somebody to have sex with someone 与某人发生性关系
6 intimate link/connection etc a very close connection between two things 〔两者间〕密切的联系
the intimate connection between physical and mental health
The two aspects are intimately connected.
I am intimately acquainted with the state of my bank account.
intimate2 /ˈɪntɪmeɪt/ verb [transitive] formal
to make people understand what you mean without saying it directly 暗示；提示
He intimated, politely but firmly, that we were not welcome.
intimate something to somebody
She had already intimated to me her wish to leave.
intimate3 /ˈɪntəmət/ noun [countable] formal
a close personal friend 知己，密友，至交
Origin intimate1 (1600-1700) intime “intimate” ((1600-1700)), from Latin intimus; → INTIMATE2 intimate2 (1500-1600) Late Latin past participle of intimare “to put in, announce”, from Latin intimus “furthest inside”, from an unrecorded Latin interus; → INTERIOR2