Definitions for intimidateɪnˈtɪm ɪˌdeɪt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

in•tim•i•date*ɪnˈtɪm ɪˌdeɪt(v.t.)-dat•ed, -dat•ing.

  1. to make timid; fill with fear.

  2. to overawe or cow, as through the force of one's personality or by display of wealth, talent, etc.

  3. to force into or deter from some action by inducing fear.

* Syn: See discourage.

Origin of intimidate:

1640–50; < F intimider=in-in-2+timider, der. of timidetimid


Princeton's WordNet

  1. intimidate(verb)

    make timid or fearful

    "Her boss intimidates her"

  2. intimidate, restrain(verb)

    to compel or deter by or as if by threats

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. intimidate(verb)ɪnˈtɪm ɪˌdeɪt

    to frighten sb, especially in order to force them to do sth

    Witnesses were intimidated into silence.


  1. intimidate(Verb)

    To make timid or fearful; to inspire or affect with fear; to deter, as by threats; to dishearten; to abash.

    He's trying to intimidate you. If you ignore him, hopefully he'll stop.

  2. intimidate(Verb)

    To impress, amaze, excite or induce extraordinary affection in others toward oneself.

  3. Origin: From intimidatus, past participle of intimidare, from in + timidus; see timid.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Intimidate(verb)

    to make timid or fearful; to inspire of affect with fear; to deter, as by threats; to dishearten; to abash

Translations for intimidate

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to frighten eg by threatening violence.

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