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intimidate

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verb in·tim·i·date \in-ˈti-mə-ˌdāt\

Simple Definition of intimidate

  • : to make (someone) afraid

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of intimidate

intimidated

intimidating

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to make timid or fearful :  frighten; especially :  to compel or deter by or as if by threats <tried to intimidate a witness>

intimidatingly

play \-ˌdā-tiŋ-lē\ adverb

intimidation

play \-ˌti-mə-ˈdā-shən\ noun

intimidator

play \-ˈti-mə-ˌdā-tər\ noun

Examples of intimidate in a sentence

  1. He tries to intimidate his opponents.

  2. You shouldn't allow his reputation to intimidate you.



Origin and Etymology of intimidate

Medieval Latin intimidatus, past participle of intimidare, from Latin in- + timidus timid


First Known Use: 1646

Synonym Discussion of intimidate

intimidate, cow, bulldoze, bully, browbeat mean to frighten into submission. intimidate implies inducing fear or a sense of inferiority into another <intimidated by so many other bright freshmen>. cow implies reduction to a state where the spirit is broken or all courage is lost <not at all cowed by the odds against making it in show business>. bulldoze implies an intimidating or an overcoming of resistance usually by urgings, demands, or threats <bulldozed the city council into approving the plan>. bully implies intimidation through threats, insults, or aggressive behavior <bullied into giving up their lunch money>. browbeat implies a cowing through arrogant, scornful, or contemptuous treatment <browbeat the witness into a contradiction>.

Rhymes with intimidate

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INTIMIDATE Defined for Kids

intimidate

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verb in·tim·i·date \in-ˈti-mə-ˌdāt\

Definition of intimidate for Students

intimidated

intimidating

  1. :  to frighten especially by threats




Law Dictionary

intimidate

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transitive verb in·tim·i·date \in-ˈti-mə-ˌdāt\

Legal Definition of intimidate

intimidated

intimidating

  1. 1 :  to make timid or fearful; especially :  to compel or deter by or as if by threats — see also coercion

  2. 2 :  to engage in the crime of intimidating (as a witness, juror, public officer in the performance of his or her duty, or victim of a robbery or other crime)

intimidatingly

adverb

intimidation

\in-ˌti-mə-ˈdā-shən\ play noun

intimidator

\in-ˈti-mə-ˌdā-tər\ play noun




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