[ 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.
Origin of intimidate
in·tim·i·da·tion, nounin·tim·i·da·tor, nounin·tim·i·da·to·ry [in-tim-i-duh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ɪnˈtɪm ɪ dəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/, adjectiveun·in·tim·i·dat·ed, adjective
Can be confusedintimate intimidate
1. See discourage.
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British Dictionary definitions for unintimidating
/ (ɪnˈtɪmɪˌdeɪt) /
to make timid or frightened; scare
to discourage, restrain, or silence illegally or unscrupulously, as by threats or blackmail
Derived Formsintimidating, 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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