intimidate

[ in-tim-i-deyt ]
/ ɪnˈtɪm ɪˌdeɪt /

verb (used with object), in·tim·i·dat·ed, in·tim·i·dat·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 1640–50; from Medieval Latin intimidātus, past participle of intimidāre “to make afraid,” equivalent to Latin in- verb-formative prefix + timid(us) “afraid” + -ātus past participle suffix; see in-2, timid, -ate1

synonym study for intimidate

1. See discourage.

OTHER WORDS FROM intimidate

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH intimidate

intimate, intimidate
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British Dictionary definitions for intimidate

intimidate
/ (ɪnˈtɪmɪˌdeɪt) /

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 intimidāre, from Latin in- ² + timidus fearful, from timor fear
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