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Verb (usu participle), Verb (transitive)


Verb insinuate has 2 senses


insinuatev. t. [L. insinuatus, p. p. of insinuareto insinuate; pref. in- in + sinus the bosom. See Sinuous.].
  •  To introduce gently or slowly, as by a winding or narrow passage, or a gentle, persistent movement.  [1913 Webster]
    "The water easily insinuates itself into, and placidly distends, the vessels of vegetables."  [1913 Webster]
  •  To introduce artfully; to infuse gently; to instill.  [1913 Webster]
    "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."  [1913 Webster]
    "Horace laughs to shame all follies and insinuates virtue, rather by familiar examples than by the severity of precepts."  [1913 Webster]
  •  To hint; to suggest by remote allusion; -- often used derogatorily; as, did you mean to insinuate anything?  [1913 Webster]
  •  To push or work (one's self), as into favor; to introduce by slow, gentle, or artful means; to ingratiate; -- used reflexively.  [1913 Webster]
    "He insinuated himself into the very good grace of the Duke of Buckingham."
Syn. -- To instill; hint; suggest; intimate.
insinuatev. i. 
  •  To creep, wind, or flow in; to enter gently, slowly, or imperceptibly, as into crevices.  [1913 Webster]
  •  To ingratiate one's self; to obtain access or favor by flattery or cunning.  [1913 Webster]
    "He would insinuate with thee but to make thee sigh."  [1913 Webster]
    "To insinuate, flatter, bow, and bend my limbs."  [1913 Webster]


insinuate, v.tr.
1 (often foll. by that + clause) convey indirectly or obliquely; hint (insinuated that she was lying).
2 (often refl.; usu. foll. by into) a introduce (oneself, a person, etc.) into favour, office, etc., by subtle manipulation. b introduce (a thing, oneself, etc.) subtly or deviously into a place (insinuated himself into the Royal Box).

insinuation n. insinuative adj. insinuator n. insinuatory adj.
L insinuare insinuat- (as IN-(2), sinuare to curve)



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, charge in, cite, come between, complain, connote, convey, crash, crash in, crash the gates, creep in, crowd in, cut in, denounce, denunciate, drag in, drop a hint, ease in, edge in, elbow in, encroach, entail, entrench, fasten on, fasten upon, fill in, finger, foist, foist in, fudge in, give a hint, give the cue, glance at, hang something on, hint, hint at, horn in, impeach, impinge, implant in, implicate, imply, import, impose, impose on, impose upon, impute, indicate, indict, infer, infiltrate, inform against, inform on, infringe, infuse, inject, inject in, inoculate, insert, insert in, insinuate in, intercalate, interfere, interjaculate, interject, interlope, interpolate, interpose, intervene, intimate, introduce, introduce in, intromit, intrude, invade, involve, irrupt, lay charges, lodge a complaint, lodge a plaint, lug in, mean, mean to say, obtrude, perfuse, pin on, point indirectly to, pop in, prefer charges, press charges, press in, presume, presuppose, prompt, push in, put between, put in, put on, put on report, put upon, report, reproach, run in, rush in, sandwich, set in, signify, slink in, slip in, smash in, smuggle in, sneak in, squeeze in, steal in, stick in, storm in, suggest, suppose, take for granted, take to task, task, taunt with, tax, throng in, throw in, thrust in, trench, trespass, tuck in, twit, wedge in, whip in, whisper, work in, worm, worm in




VB lie between, come between, get between, intervene, slide in, interpenetrate, permeate, put between, introduce, import, throw in, wedge in, edge in, jam in, worm in, foist in, run in, plow in, work in, interpose, interject, intercalate, interpolate, interline, interleave, intersperse, interweave, interlard, interdigitate, sandwich in, fit in, squeeze in, let in, dovetail, splice, mortise, insinuate, smuggle, infiltrate, ingrain, interfere, put in an oar, thrust one's nose in, intrude, obtrude, have a finger in the pie, introduce the thin end of the wedge, thrust in.


VB disapprove, dislike, lament, object to, take exception to, be scandalized at, think ill of, view with disfavor, view with dark eyes, view with jaundiced eyes, nil admirari, disvalue, improbate, frown upon, look grave, bend the brows, knit the brows, shake the head at, shrug the shoulders, turn up the nose, look askance, look black upon, look with an evil eye, make a wry face, make a wry mouth at, set one's face against, dispraise, discommend, disparage, deprecate, speak ill of, not speak well of, condemn, blame, lay blame upon, cast blame upon, censure, fronder, reproach, pass censure on, reprobate, impugn, remonstrate, expostulate, recriminate, reprehend, chide, admonish, berate, betongue, bring to account, call to account, call over the coals, rake over the coals, call to order, take to task, reprove, lecture, bring to book, read a lesson, read a lecture to, rebuke, correct, reprimand, chastise, castigate, lash, blow up, trounce, trim, laver la tete, overhaul, give it one, give it one finely, gibbet, accuse, impeach, denounce, hold up to reprobation, hold up to execration, expose, brand, gibbet, stigmatize, show up, pull up, take up, cry 'shame' upon, be outspoken, raise a hue and cry against, execrate, exprobate, speak daggers, vituperate, abuse, abuse like a pickpocket, scold, rate, objurgate, upbraid, fall foul of, jaw, rail, rail at, rail in good set terms, bark at, anathematize, call names, call by hard names, call by ugly names, avile, revile, vilify, vilipend, bespatter, backbite, clapperclaw, rave against, thunder against, fulminate against, load with reproaches, exclaim against, protest against, inveigh against, declaim against, cry out against, raise one's voice against, decry, cry down, run down, frown down, clamor, hiss, hoot, mob, ostracize, blacklist, draw up a round robin, sign a round robin, animadvert upon, reflect upon, glance at, cast reflection, cast reproach, cast a slur upon, insinuate, damn with faint praise, hint a fault and hesitate dislike, not to be able to say much for, scoff at, point at, twit, taunt, sneer at, satirize, lampoon, defame, depreciate, find fault with, criticize, cut up, pull to pieces, pick to pieces, take exception, cavil, peck at, nibble at, carp at, be censorious, pick holes, pick a hole, pick a hole in one's coat, make a fuss about, take down, take down a peg, set down, snub, snap one up, give a rap on the knuckles, throw a stone at, throw a stone in one's garden, have a fling, have a snap at, have words with, pluck a crow with, give one a wipe, give one a lick with the rough side of the tongue, incur blame, excite disapprobation, scandalize, shock, revolt, get a bad name, forfeit one's good opinion, be under a cloud, come under the ferule, bring a hornet's nest about one's ears, take blame, stand corrected, have to answer for.


VB tell, inform, inform of, acquaint, acquaint with, impart, impart to, make acquaintance with, apprise, advise, enlighten, awaken, transmit, let fall, mention, express, intimate, represent, communicate, make known, publish, notify, signify, specify, convey the knowledge of, let one know, have one to know, give one to understand, give notice, set before, lay before, put before, point out, put into one's head, put one in possession of, instruct, direct the attention to, announce, annunciate, report, report progress, bringword, send word, leave word, write word, telegraph, telephone, wire, retail, render an account, give an account, state, let slip, blurt out, spill the beans, unburden oneself of, let off one's chest, disclose, show cause, explain, hint, given an inkling of, give a hint, drop a hint, throw out a hint, insinuate, allude to, make allusion to, glance at, tip the wink, suggest, prompt, give the cue, breathe, whisper, whisper in the ear, give a bit of one's mind, tell one plainly, tell once for all, speak volumes, undeceive, unbeguile, set right, correct, open the eyes of, disabuse, disillusion one of, be informed of, know, learn, get scent of, get wind of, gather from, awaken to, open one's eyes to, become alive, become awake to, hear, overhear, understand, come to one's ears, come to one's knowledge, reach one's ears.

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