Definition of intimidate in English:

intimidate

verb

  • Frighten or overawe (someone), especially in order to make them do what one wants.

    ‘the forts are designed to intimidate the nationalist population’
    ‘the intimidating defence barrister’
    • ‘I don't think respect is something that you can get by intimidating someone.’
    • ‘Oh I forgot, the nice man intimidated her into signing the car documents over to him.’
    • ‘These are designed to intimidate you back to work before you start.’
    • ‘A proper inquiry became almost impossible, and she was intimidated, at work and outside.’
    • ‘A gang of six teenagers intimidated him and his friends before demanding his mobile phone.’
    • ‘It actually slightly intimidated me in return, which I guess was the point.’
    • ‘In fact, they knew full well that they were intimidating and frightening other people.’
    • ‘Maybe I was too intimidated to help out, or maybe I was still trying to digest it all.’
    • ‘The running dogs of the masculinist oppressors will never intimidate me!’
    • ‘In my last week I was intimidated by drug users, ordered around like a lackey, and threatened.’
    • ‘Our country is still the target of terrorists who want to kill many and intimidate us all.’
    • ‘Don't let politicians or the media browbeat you, intimidate you or lie about you.’
    • ‘I can't say that the bullying didn't occasionally get to me, but I didn't let them intimidate me.’
    • ‘Although he was quite intimidated by her appearance, the butler gathered up all of his nerve to speak to her.’
    • ‘Some of my friends are very wise, which sometimes intimidates me.’
    • ‘She had been in here far too many times to allow the darkness to intimidate her in any way.’
    • ‘I don't usually argue back to him, he intimidates me, but he caught me at a bad time.’
    • ‘No amount of threats will intimidate or frighten us off our path for fairness and justice.’
    • ‘So to be honest, it intimidates me, a lowly four-day-a-week contractor.’
    • ‘The floral arrangement of lilies intimidated me a bit because it was bigger than me - good to hide behind.’
    frighten, menace, terrify, scare, alarm, terrorize, overawe, awe, cow, subdue, discourage, daunt, unnerve
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Origin

Mid 17th century: from medieval Latin intimidat- ‘made timid’, from the verb intimidare (based on timidus ‘timid’).

Pronunciation

intimidate

/ɪnˈtɪmɪdeɪt/