intimidate

verb in·tim·i·date \ in-ˈti-mə-ˌdāt \

Definition of intimidate

intimidated; intimidating
transitive verb
:to make timid or fearful :frighten; especially :to compel or deter by or as if by threats
  • tried to intimidate a witness

intimidation

play \in-ˌti-mə-ˈdā-shən\ noun

intimidator

play \in-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.

Recent Examples of intimidate from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of intimidate

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

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

INTIMIDATE Defined for English Language Learners

intimidate

verb

Definition of intimidate for English Language Learners

  • : to make (someone) afraid


INTIMIDATE Defined for Kids

intimidate

verb in·tim·i·date \ in-ˈti-mə-ˌdāt \

Definition of intimidate for Students

intimidated; intimidating
:to frighten especially by threats

Law Dictionary

intimidate

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

legal Definition of intimidate

intimidated; intimidating
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)

intimidatingly

adverb

intimidation

play \in-ˌti-mə-ˈdā-shən\ noun

intimidator

play \in-ˈti-mə-ˌdā-tər\ noun


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