Definition of intimidate in English:

intimidate

verb

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

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

/inˈtiməˌdāt//ɪnˈtɪməˌdeɪt/