insinuate - definition and synonyms

verb [transitive] 

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/ɪnˈsɪnjueɪt/
present tense
I/you/we/theyinsinuate
he/she/itinsinuates
present participleinsinuating
past tenseinsinuated
past participleinsinuated
  1. to say something unpleasant in an indirect way
    insinuate (that):

    He even went as far as insinuating that Roger was a liar.

derived word

insinuation

 

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/ɪnˌsɪnjuˈeɪʃ(ə)n/
noun [countable/uncountable]
singularinsinuation
pluralinsinuations

Claire was angry at the insinuation that she was badly prepared.