Simple Definition of intimidate
: to make (someone) afraid
Full Definition of intimidate
: to make timid or fearful : frighten; especially : to compel or deter by or as if by threats <tried to intimidate a witness>
intimidatinglyplay \-ˌdā-tiŋ-lē\ adverb
intimidationplay \-ˌti-mə-ˈdā-shən\ noun
intimidatorplay \-ˈti-mə-ˌdā-tər\ noun
Examples of intimidate in a sentence
He tries to intimidate his opponents.
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 Defined for Kids
Definition of intimidate for Students
: to frighten especially by threats
Legal Definition of intimidate
1 : to make timid or fearful; especially : to compel or deter by or as if by threats — see also coercion
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)
intimidation\in-ˌti-mə-ˈdā-shən\ play noun
intimidator\in-ˈti-mə-ˌdā-tər\ play noun
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