Definitions for: Insinuate

[v] give to understand; "I insinuated that I did not like his wife"
[v] introduce or insert (oneself) in a subtle manner; "He insinuated himself into the conversation of the people at the nearby table"

Webster (1913) Definition: 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
1. To introduce gently or slowly, as by a winding or narrow
passage, or a gentle, persistent movement.

The water easily insinuates itself into, and
placidly distends, the vessels of vegetables.

2. To introduce artfully; to infuse gently; to instill.

All the art of rhetoric, besides order and
clearness, are for nothing else but to insinuate
wrong ideas, move the passions, and thereby mislead
the judgment. --Locke.

Horace laughs to shame all follies and insinuates
virtue, rather by familiar examples than by the
severity of precepts. --Dryden.

3. To hint; to suggest by remote allusion; -- often used
derogatorily; as, did you mean to insinuate anything?

4. To push or work (one's self), as into favor; to introduce
by slow, gentle, or artful means; to ingratiate; -- used

He insinuated himself into the very good grace of
the Duke of Buckingham. --Clarendon.

Syn: To instill; hint; suggest; intimate.

In*sin"u*ate, v. i.
1. To creep, wind, or flow in; to enter gently, slowly, or
imperceptibly, as into crevices.

2. To ingratiate one's self; to obtain access or favor by
flattery or cunning.

He would insinuate with thee but to make thee sigh.

To insinuate, flatter, bow, and bend my limbs.

Synonyms: adumbrate, intimate

See Also: bring in, hint, introduce, suggest

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