The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Intimate \In"ti*mate\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Intimated; p. pr. &
vb. n. Intimating.] [L. intimatus, p. p. of intimare to
put, bring, drive, or press into, to announce, make known,
from intimus the inmost. See Intimate, a.]
1. To announce; to declare; to publish; to communicate; to
make known. [Obs.]
He, incontinent, did proclaim and intimate open war.
So both conspiring 'gan to intimate
Each other's grief. --Spenser.
2. To suggest obscurely or indirectly; to refer to remotely;
to give slight notice of; to hint; as, he intimated his
intention of resigning his office.
The names of simple ideas and substances, with the
abstract ideas in the mind, intimate some real
existence, from which was derived their original