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in-sĭnŭo , āvi, ātum, 1, v. a. and n.
I. Act.
A. Lit., to put, place, or thrust into the bosom (post-class.): “sicine vacuus et otiosus insinuatis manibus ambulabis,with folded arms, App. M. 9, p. 219, 23: “manum in sinum,Tert. Res. Carn. 28.—
B. To bring in by windings or turnings, to insinuate into; to cause a person or thing to get to a place by windings or turnings; and, in gen., to cause to arrive at or get to a place.
1. In gen.: “ratem terris,to land, Avien. Arat. 312: “suum aestum per saepta domorum,Lucr. 6, 860: “Romani quacumque data intervalla essent, insinuabant ordines suos,pushed forward their files into the open spaces of the enemy, Liv. 44, 41.—Poet.: “et (tibi) omni tempore tam faciles insinuentur opes,come to you, Prop. 3, 9 (4, 8), 28.—
2. Esp., with se, to wind one's way into, to steal into; to insinuate or ingratiate one's self: “se inter equitum turmas,Caes. B. G. 4, 33: “quā te insinuaveris, retro via repetenda,Liv. 9, 2, 8: “cum (Romanus) insinuasset se inter corpus armaque,id. 7, 10, 10: “qua se inter valles flumen insinuat,winds along, id. 32, 31, 1: “Tigris Persico mari se insinuat,Curt. 5, 3.—
C. Trop., to make favorably known to, to introduce, recommend.
2. Esp., reflex. with se, etc.
3. To introduce to, initiate into: “adest tibi dies, quo per istas meas manus piissimis sacrorum arcanis insinueris,App. M. 11, p. 268.—
4. To make known, publish (post-class.): “voluntatem suam heredibus,Dig. 32, 1, 11, § 2; Rutil. Nam. 1, 590.—
II. Neutr., to wind or steal into, to make one's way or get into, to penetrate, enter, reach, arrive at; constr. with in and acc. or dat.: inde in amicitiam insinuavit cum matre et mecum simul. Blanditiis, etc., Plaut. Cist. 1, 1, 93: “penitus insinuare in causam,to penetrate thoroughly into, to acquire a complete knowledge of, Cic. de Or. 2, 35, 149; cf.: “ad causam,Auct. Her. 1, 6, 10: “in ipsius consuetudinem insinuabo,Cic. Fam. 4, 13, 6: “novus per pectora cunctis Insinuat pavor,Verg. A. 2, 229: “Italiaeque urbes dextram insinuantis in undam,winding, reaching to, Manil. 4, 602: et blandiri suppliciter et subtiliter insinuare eis, a quibus, etc., i. e. to steal into favor with, etc., Cic. de Or. 1, 20, 90.
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