in·​tim·​i·​dat·​ed in-ˈti-mə-ˌdā-təd How to pronounce intimidated (audio)
: made to feel timid : affected or held back by feelings of fear or timidity
When you're a collector and just starting out, you do feel a bit intimidatedRobert I. C. Fisher
For years, the civil rights lobby, backed by Democrats in Congress, was so strong that critics often felt intimidated.Joseph P. Shapiro
… he was a supreme boss with a thoroughly intimidated staff that yearned to see him destroyed.Russell Baker
She didn't know how to use any of the other cardio machines and was too intimidated to ask.Sarah Bowen Shea

Examples of intimidated in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But for Raziq, the republican courts, corrupt and easily intimidated, were a central reason the insurgency was thriving. Matthieu Aikins Victor J. Blue Peter Ganim Krish Seenivasan Steven Szczesniak, New York Times, 22 May 2024 The complaint alleges that Jewish professors reported incidents where MIT students disrupted the academic environment and intimidated faculty by yelling outside their offices while rattling the doors. Danielle Wallace, Fox News, 10 Mar. 2024 Sawai was also a bit intimidated about meeting Sanada, who in addition to starring in the series served as a producer. Tracy Brown, Los Angeles Times, 25 Feb. 2024 Those looking to board the proverbial Batman train may feel a little intimidated about where to start. Josh Weiss, Forbes, 14 Feb. 2024 The boys were too intimidated to catcall or even to stare openly. Mary Gaitskill, The New Yorker, 5 Feb. 2024 But being too intimidated to ask for money isn’t just a woman’s thing. Michelle Singletary, Washington Post, 16 Jan. 2024 If your foodie loves international cuisines but doesn’t want to buy all the necessary ingredients or is too intimidated to follow a new recipe, this gift set is for them. Anna Haines, Forbes, 11 Dec. 2023 While the idea of infinite possibilities may spark creativity for some, having a plethora of choices may leave others feeling intimidated. Kayla Greaves, Vogue, 17 Nov. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1748, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of intimidated was in 1748

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“Intimidated.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2024.

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