insinuate

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From Latin īnsinuō (to push in, creep in, steal in), from in (in) + sinus (a winding, bend, bay, fold, bosom)

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insinuate (third-person singular simple present insinuates, present participle insinuating, simple past and past participle insinuated)

  1. To hint; to suggest tacitly (usually something bad) while avoiding a direct statement.
    She insinuated that her friends had betrayed her.
  2. (rare) To creep, wind, or flow into; to enter gently, slowly, or imperceptibly, as into crevices.
    • 1728-1729, John Woodward, An Attempt towards a Natural History of the Fossils of England
      Water will insinuate itself into Flints through certain imperceptible Cracks
  3. (figuratively, by extension) To ingratiate; to obtain access to or introduce something by subtle, cunning or artful means.

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Italian[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Verb[edit]

insinuate

  1. inflection of insinuare:
    1. second-person plural present indicative
    2. second-person plural imperative

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insinuate f pl

  1. feminine plural of insinuato

Latin[edit]

Verb[edit]

īnsinuāte

  1. second-person plural present active imperative of īnsinuō