intimidate

verb
in·​tim·​i·​date | \ in-ˈti-mə-ˌdāt How to pronounce intimidate (audio) \
intimidated; intimidating

Definition of intimidate

transitive verb

: to make timid or fearful : frighten especially : to compel or deter by or as if by threats tried to intimidate a witness

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Other Words from intimidate

intimidation \ in-​ˌti-​mə-​ˈdā-​shən How to pronounce intimidate (audio) \ noun
intimidator \ in-​ˈti-​mə-​ˌdā-​tər How to pronounce intimidate (audio) \ noun

Choose the Right Synonym for 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

Examples of intimidate in a Sentence

He tries to intimidate his opponents. You shouldn't allow his reputation to intimidate you.
Recent Examples on the Web For more than a decade, progressives have been weaponizing disclosure laws, using them to harass and intimidate political opponents. Kimberley A. Strassel, WSJ, 1 July 2021 The federal indictment alleges the men used force and threats of force to intimidate and interfere with Arbery's right to use a public street because of his race. Erin Donaghue, CBS News, 12 May 2021 The new federal indictment alleges that all three defendants used force and threats of force to intimidate and interfere with Arbery’s right to use a public street because of his race. Jon Blistein, Rolling Stone, 28 Apr. 2021 The indictment alleges Travis McMichael, his father Greg McMichael and Roddie Bryan used force and threats of force to intimidate and interfere with Arbery’s right to use a public street because of his race. Bill Rankin, ajc, 28 Apr. 2021 The money that was not siphoned off through corruption was used to intimidate Iran’s neighbors, inflame Sunni–Shiite divisions, and provoke instability throughout the region. Robert Joseph, National Review, 23 Apr. 2021 The Anti-Defamation League considers a noose a hate symbol and notes it is commonly used to intimidate Black people. oregonlive, 1 Apr. 2021 If costly and complicated appliances intimidate you, fret not, there’s no shortage of top air fryers on Amazon based on price, popularity and product reviews. Josh Schneider, Forbes, 21 June 2021 On a couple of occasions at stock shows, Munson has been confronted by older men who tried to intimidate or harass her. Reuters, ABC News, 5 June 2021

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First Known Use of intimidate

1646, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for intimidate

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

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“Intimidate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/intimidate. Accessed 27 Jul. 2021.

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More Definitions for intimidate

intimidate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of intimidate

: to make (someone) afraid

intimidate

verb
in·​tim·​i·​date | \ in-ˈti-mə-ˌdāt How to pronounce intimidate (audio) \
intimidated; intimidating

Kids Definition of intimidate

: to frighten especially by threats

intimidate

transitive verb
in·​tim·​i·​date | \ in-ˈti-mə-ˌdāt How to pronounce intimidate (audio) \
intimidated; intimidating

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)

Other Words from intimidate

intimidatingly adverb
intimidation \ in-​ˌti-​mə-​ˈdā-​shən How to pronounce intimidate (audio) \ noun
intimidator \ in-​ˈti-​mə-​ˌdā-​tər How to pronounce intimidate (audio) \ noun

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