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insinuate (verb) hint or Suggest indirectly.

To insinuate is to say indirectly that something is bad about a person or a thing is true. You insinuate that someone is dishonest when you, for example, say that their wealth is due to their closeness to the people in power. You mean indirectly that their connections with them made them rich. “How come you have such a lot of money in just one day?” This kind of question insinuates that the money is not honestly earned.

  • “She is more wealthy than good looking.”By saying this he was insinuating that Charles married her more for her money than for her beauty.
  • Envious of the good position John was in, Ricky often insinuates that John got it by flattering the chairman. He often says that John has more the favor of the chairman than merit.
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