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insinuate (in Wint. IV. iii. [iv.] 763 perhaps an absol. use of a 15th-16th cent. sense ‘to win or attract subtly or covertly’)
1. intr. to wheedle oneself into a person's favour, ingratiate oneself “with” R2 IV. i. 165 “To , flatter, bow,” Cor. II. iii. 105, Tit. IV. ii. 38, Ven. 1012 “With Death she humbly doth insinuate.”
2. (?) to suggest or imply something to (a person) LLL. V. i. 27 “it insinuateth me of insanie.”
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