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

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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

The 22-page document, full of her chatty descriptions, beckons imbibers into a sometimes-intimidating subject. Los Angeles Times, "Review: Los Angeles, this should be your sake spot," 22 Aug. 2019 This is not a game that will intimidate more social board gamers, yet as the game moves along, the amount of thought and strategy gets meaty enough for more serious board gamers. Nathan Mattise, Ars Technica, "Mapmaker: The Gerrymandering game that puts the fun in undermining democracy," 19 Aug. 2019 All of the options can be exhausting and intimidating. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Why Pro Makeup Artists Apply Cream Eye Shadow With Their Fingers," 19 Aug. 2019 Avenatti may be many things, but naïve and easily intimidated aren’t among them. Michael Mccann, SI.com, "How the Michael Avenatti Case Could Disrupt the Basketball World," 19 Aug. 2019 While being the new guy for a defense that returns almost intact might intimidate some youngsters, Sharett said older players gravitated to Henderson in high school because of his football intelligence and work ethic in film study. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "Xavier Henderson might be Michigan State's next Khari Willis, but different," 16 Aug. 2019 Kiana Miller, who joined what is now called Premier three years ago, said those aspirations were what drew her to the club, although the team’s growing reputation intimidated those who wanted to play for them. Giana Han, baltimoresun.com, "A group of Maryland girls soccer players just wanted their own club. Now they’re national champions.," 13 Aug. 2019 The federal government defines domestic terrorism roughly as politically motivated violence designed to coerce or intimidate a civilian population. Eric Tucker, Anchorage Daily News, "Attack highlights challenge of pursuing domestic extremists," 4 Aug. 2019 Gabonese chimpanzees were observed cracking tortoises open against tree trunks and preparing them on the half shell, and Tanzanian chimpanzees intimidated a leopard into surrendering its blue duiker. Rafil Kroll-zaidi, Harper's magazine, "Findings," 22 July 2019

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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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The first known use of intimidate was in 1646

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

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