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.

Synonym: 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.

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