Insinuate

Definition of Insinuate

In`sin´u`ate
v. t.1.
[imp. & p. p. Insinuated ; p. pr. & vb. n. Insinuating.]
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.
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.
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.

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