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intimidate

[ in-tim-i-deyt ]
/ 瑟n藞t瑟m 瑟藢de瑟t /
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verb (used with object), in路tim路i路dat路ed, in路tim路i路dat路ing.
to make timid; fill with fear.
to overawe or cow, as through the force of personality or by superior display of wealth, talent, etc.
to force into or deter from some action by inducing fear: to intimidate a voter into staying away from the polls.
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Origin of intimidate

First recorded in 1640鈥50; from Medieval Latin intimid膩tus, past participle of intimid膩re 鈥渢o make afraid,鈥 equivalent to Latin in- verb-formative prefix + timid(us) 鈥渁fraid鈥 + -膩tus past participle suffix; see in-2, timid, -ate1

synonym study for intimidate

1. See discourage.

OTHER WORDS FROM intimidate

in路tim路i路da路tion [in-tim-i-dey-shuhn] /瑟n藢t瑟m 瑟藞de瑟 蕛蓹n/ nounin路tim路i路da路tor, nounin路tim路i路da路to路ry [in-tim-i-duh-tawr-ee], /瑟n藞t瑟m 瑟 d蓹藢t蓴r i/, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH intimidate

intimate, intimidate
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British Dictionary definitions for intimidate

intimidate
/ (瑟n藞t瑟m瑟藢de瑟t) /

verb (tr)
to make timid or frightened; scare
to discourage, restrain, or silence illegally or unscrupulously, as by threats or blackmail

Derived forms of intimidate

intimidating, adjectiveintimidation, nounintimidator, noun

Word Origin for intimidate

C17: from Medieval Latin intimid膩re, from Latin in- 虏 + timidus fearful, from timor fear
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition 漏 William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 漏 HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
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