intimidate

  • 1 intimidate — intimidate, cow, bulldoze, bully, browbeat are comparable when meaning to frighten or coerce by frightening means into submission or obedience. Intimidate primarily implies a making timid or fearful, but it often suggests a display or application …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 2 intimidate — in·tim·i·date /in ti mə ˌdāt/ vt dat·ed, dat·ing 1: to make timid or fearful; esp: to compel or deter by or as if by threats see also coercion 2: to engage in the crime of intimidating (as a witness, juror, public officer in the performance of… …

    Law dictionary

  • 3 intimidate — (v.) 1640s, from M.L. intimidatus, pp. of intimidare to frighten, intimidate, from L. in in (see IN (Cf. in ) (2)) + timidus fearful (see TIMID (Cf. timid)). Related: Intimidated; intimidating …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 4 Intimidate — In*tim i*date, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Intimidated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Intimidating}.] [LL. intimidatus, p. p. of intimidare to frighten; pref. in in + timidus fearful, timid: cf. F. intimider. See {Timid}.] To make timid or fearful; to inspire of… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 5 intimidate — [v] frighten, threaten alarm, appall, awe, badger, bait, bludgeon, bluster, bowl over*, browbeat*, buffalo*, bulldoze*, bully, chill, coerce, compel, constrain, cow*, daunt, dishearten, dismay, dispirit, disquiet, dragoon, enforce, force, hound* …

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  • 6 intimidate — ► VERB ▪ frighten or overawe, especially so as to coerce into doing something. DERIVATIVES intimidation noun intimidator noun intimidatory adjective. ORIGIN Latin intimidare make timid …

    English terms dictionary

  • 7 intimidate — [in tim′ə dāt΄] vt. intimidated, intimidating [< ML intimidatus, pp. of intimidare, to make afraid < L in , in + timidus, afraid, TIMID] 1. to make timid; make afraid; daunt 2. to force or deter with threats or violence; cow intimidation n …

    English World dictionary

  • 8 intimidate — verb ADVERB ▪ physically, psychologically ▪ Dissidents were physically intimidated, threatened, and harshly interrogated. VERB + INTIMIDATE ▪ try to PREPOSITION …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 9 intimidate — 01. Toby is able to [intimidate] the other children because he is so much bigger than them. 02. It is very [intimidating] to speak in front of an audience, especially when you are doing it in a foreign language. 03. With her great intellect and… …

    Grammatical examples in English

  • 10 intimidate — v. (D; tr.) to intimidate into (to intimidate smb. into doing smt.) * * * [ɪn tɪmɪdeɪt] (D; tr.) to intimidate into (to intimidate smb. into doing smt.) …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 11 intimidate — UK [ɪnˈtɪmɪdeɪt] / US [ɪnˈtɪmɪˌdeɪt] verb [transitive] Word forms intimidate : present tense I/you/we/they intimidate he/she/it intimidates present participle intimidating past tense intimidated past participle intimidated a) to deliberately make …

    English dictionary

  • 12 intimidate — transitive verb ( dated; dating) Etymology: Medieval Latin intimidatus, past participle of intimidare, from Latin in + timidus timid Date: 1646 to make timid or fearful ; frighten; especially to compel or deter by or as if by threats < tried to… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 13 intimidate — in|tim|i|date [ınˈtımıdeıt] v [T] [Date: 1600 1700; : Medieval Latin; Origin: , past participle of intimidare, from Latin timidus; TIMID] 1.) to frighten or threaten someone into making them do what you want intimidate sb into doing sth ▪ They… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 14 intimidate — [[t]ɪntɪ̱mɪdeɪt[/t]] intimidates, intimidating, intimidated VERB If you intimidate someone, you deliberately make them frightened enough to do what you want them to do. [V n] Jones had set out to intimidate and dominate Paul... [V n into ing]… …

    English dictionary

  • 15 intimidate — in|tim|i|date [ ın tımı,deıt ] verb transitive to deliberately make someone feel frightened especially so that they will do what you want: The report said he used harassment and threats to intimidate reporters. a. to frighten someone or make them …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 16 intimidate — intimidation, n. intimidator, n. intimidatory /in tim i deuh tawr ee, tohr ee/, adj. /in tim i dayt /, v.t., intimidated, intimidating. 1. to make timid; fill with fear. 2. to overawe or cow, as through the force of personality or by superior… …

    Universalium

  • 17 intimidate — verb a) To make timid or fearful; to inspire or affect with fear; to deter, as by threats; to dishearten; to abash. Hes trying to intimidate you. If you ignore him, hopefully hell stop. b) …

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  • 18 intimidate — verb (T) to frighten someone by behaving in a threatening way, especially in order to make them do what you want: Buildings were bombed in an attempt to intimidate the opposition. intimidation noun (U): allegations of police intimidation …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 19 intimidate — verb Rico sent his goons to intimidate the local merchants Syn: frighten, menace, terrify, scare, terrorize, cow, dragoon, subdue; threaten, browbeat, bully, pressure, harass, harry, hassle, hound, torment, tyrannize …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 20 intimidate — /ɪnˈtɪmədeɪt / (say in timuhdayt) verb (t) (intimidated, intimidating) 1. to make timid, or inspire with fear; overawe; cow. 2. to force into or deter from some action by inducing fear: to intimidate a voter. {Medieval Latin intimidātus, past… …

    Australian English dictionary