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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Insinuate  \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. 
  --Shak. 
 
  To  insinuate,  flatter,  bow,  and  bend  my  limbs. 
  --Shak. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Insinuate  \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 
  {Sinuous}.] 
  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. 
  --Woodward. 
 
  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 
  reflexively. 
 
  He  insinuated  himself  into  the  very  good  grace  of 
  the  Duke  of  Buckingham.  --Clarendon. 
 
  Syn:  To  instill;  hint;  suggest;  intimate. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  insinuate 
  v  :  give  to  understand  [syn:  {intimate},  {adumbrate}] 




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