What does intimidate mean?

Definitions for intimidate
ɪnˈtɪm ɪˌdeɪtin·tim·i·date

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. intimidateverb

    make timid or fearful

    "Her boss intimidates her"

  2. intimidate, restrainverb

    to compel or deter by or as if by threats


  1. intimidateverb

    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. intimidateverb

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

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Intimidateverb

    To make fearful; to dastardize; to make cowardly.

    Etymology: intimider, French; in and timidus, Lat.

    Now guilt once harbour'd in the conscious breast,
    Intimidates the brave, degrades the great. Irene.


  1. intimidate

    Intimidation is to "make timid or make fearful"; or to induce fear. This includes intentional behaviors of forcing another person to experience general discomfort such as humiliation, embarrassment, inferiority, limited freedom, etc and the victim might be targeted based on multiple factors like gender, race, class, skin color, competency, knowledge, wealth, temperament, etc. Intimidation is done for making the other person submissive (also known as cowing), to destabilize/undermine the other, to force compliance, to hide one's insecurities, to socially valorize oneself, etc. There are active and passive coping mechanisms against intimidation that include, and not limited to not letting the intimidator cross your personal space, addressing their behavior directly, avoiding the person, being gingerly around them, honing breakaway skills, etc. Victims of intimidation would reasonably develop apprehension, experience fear of injury or harm, etc from the unwanted behaviors or tools of intimidation that include, and not limited to, condescending, rudeness, sarcasm, disrespecting, patronizing, degrading, disparaging, etc. However, it is not legally necessary to prove that the behavior caused the victim to experience terror or panic.Intimidation as a political process is done through national level threats to compel or deter another country to operate in ways the intimidating country wants it to be, an example of political intimidation is putting an embargo on items that the target country depends through import for forcing their compliance. Certain second and third world countries use terrorism as an intimidation tactic. "A terroristic threat is a crime generally involving a threat to commit violence communicated with the intent to terrorize other." Personal intimidation is considered to be a management strategy to signal/inform potential rivals that they may face significant consequences if they act against the person in charge/management or to get workers in line. Certain forms of intimidation like sexual and racial ones are considered as criminal offense in several civilized countries.


  1. intimidate

    Intimidate refers to the act of making someone feel frightened, cowered, or insecure often with the intention to pressure, manipulate or control their behavior. This can be achieved through threats, aggressive behavior, or various forms of power or superiority.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Intimidateverb

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

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Intimidate

    in-tim′i-dāt, v.t. to make timid or fearful: to dispirit.—n. Intimidā′tion, act of intimidating: use of violence or threats to influence the conduct or compel the consent of another: state of being intimidated.—adj. Intim′idatory.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of intimidate in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of intimidate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of intimidate in a Sentence

  1. Outgoing Democratic Virginia Gov.Terry McAuliffe:

    Listen, if this guy got in my space, you wan na get in my space, I’ve always said Chris, you punch me, I ’m going to punch back twice as hard. And it would n’t be hard to do it, but you know, this guy thinks he could intimidate everybody.It’s disgraceful. It’s embarrassing.

  2. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy:

    It's one more example of one-party control, trying to control your information, trying to intimidate you, from fining to proxy voting, to who can be on committee, all the actions that are taking place have never been done before in Congress.

  3. Leana Wen:

    Just like the Trump administration and the state politicians they embolden, Missouri Governor Parson's inspections process has become just another vehicle to intimidate doctors like me and to push abortion out of reach for patients, none of this has one bit to do with patient health or safety, but rather, banning abortion.

  4. House Speaker Paul Ryan:

    I think it would be nice if he would actually focus on defeating ISIS, on calling radical Islamic terrorism what it is, instead of talking about how we can intimidate and frustrate the Second Amendment rights of law abiding citizens.

  5. United States:

    This expanded exercise activity has a third purpose -- to intimidate the United States and Japan -- both of which have indicated their support for Taiwan, if you look at the rhetoric from January to April,( Chinese President Xi Jinping) and company were ramping up criticism of the United States and Japan, the latter over recent statements of support for Taiwan and its increased defense spending.

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