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

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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 Flybys are meant to intimidate enemy forces into keeping their heads down. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 19 Aug. 2021 At the time, Lai said Beijing's crackdown against him was meant to intimidate him. Jeremy Beaman, Washington Examiner, 1 Apr. 2021 Through extortion and violence, gang members intimidate regular visitors to the park, who are among the city’s poorest and most marginalized residents. Los Angeles Times, 2 Oct. 2021 Donald has used this type of vexatious litigation to intimidate, harass and bully for years! Paula Reid, CNN, 28 Sep. 2021 That includes actions or words that are to intimidate, threaten or harass, using profanities or obscenities, personal attack, physical force or the threat of physical force and more. Mj Slaby, The Indianapolis Star, 15 Sep. 2021 And the maximum effort is nothing less than to try to intimidate, paralyze, or suppress all the major organs of possible truth-telling in the society, which is to say the press, the Congress, the courts, and even private individuals. The New Yorker, 8 Aug. 2021 The travel itinerary may intimidate the Fuel, but winning isn’t’ tiresome at all. Sean Collins, Dallas News, 12 July 2021 Our laws should not intimidate people from voting by increasing the risk of prosecution for, at worst, innocent mistakes. NBC News, 10 July 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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The first known use of intimidate was in 1646

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“Intimidate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/intimidate. Accessed 25 Oct. 2021.

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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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