Intimidate meaning

ĭn-tĭm'ĭ-dāt'
To imtimidate is defined as to frighten someone or to make someone be in awe of you, especially if you do so in order to get what you want.

An example of intimidate is to act very tough to scare your enemies.

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To make timid; fill with fear.

The size of the opposing players intimidated us.

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To coerce or deter, as with threats.

The police intimidated the suspect into signing a false statement.

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To make timid; make afraid; daunt; cow.
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To force or deter with threats or violence.
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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.

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

  • Medieval Latin intimidāre intimidāt- Latin in- causative pref. in–2 Latin timidus timid timid
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Medieval Latin intimidatus, past participle of intimidare (“to make afraid”), from Latin in (“in”) + timidus (“afraid, timid”); see timid.
    From Wiktionary