2. An instance of being intimate; a close, trusting, confidential friendship (or personal relationship) between two people who are completely at ease with one another and feel free to express their innermost feelings.
3. Or: be intimate with , a euphemism, since the 17 th century, for sexual intercourse, based on the standard meaning of closeness, both physically and emotionally. Not all intimate relationships are sexual; however, intimacy is an important factor for a fulfilling sexual relationship.
Intimacy is also defined by:
-- Janet Shibley & John D. DeLamater. Understanding Human Sexuality (1997): ' The level of commitment and positive affective, cognitive, and physical closeness one experiences with a partner.'
-- Planned Parenthood : ' The closeness and familiarity we feel as we share our private and personal selves with someone else.'