intimidate


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in·tim·i·date

 (ĭn-tĭm′ĭ-dāt′)
tr.v. in·tim·i·dat·ed, in·tim·i·dat·ing, in·tim·i·dates
1. To make timid; fill with fear: The size of the opposing players intimidated us.
2. To coerce or deter, as with threats: The police intimidated the suspect into signing a false statement.

[Medieval Latin intimidāre, intimidāt- : Latin in-, causative pref.; see in-2 + Latin timidus, timid; see timid.]

in·tim′i·dat′ing·ly adv.
in·tim′i·da′tion n.
in·tim′i·da′tor n.
Synonyms: intimidate, browbeat, cow2, bully1
These verbs all mean to frighten into submission, compliance, or acquiescence. Intimidate implies the presence or operation of a fear-inspiring force: "It [atomic energy] may intimidate the human race into bringing order into its international affairs" (Albert Einstein).
Browbeat suggests the persistent application of highhanded, disdainful, or imperious tactics: browbeating a witness. Cow implies bringing out an abject state of timorousness and often demoralization: a dog that was cowed by abuse. To bully is to intimidate through blustering, domineering, or threatening behavior: workers who were bullied into accepting a poor contract.

intimidate

(ɪnˈtɪmɪˌdeɪt)
vb (tr)
1. to make timid or frightened; scare
2. to discourage, restrain, or silence illegally or unscrupulously, as by threats or blackmail
[C17: from Medieval Latin intimidāre, from Latin in-2 + timidus fearful, from timor fear]
inˈtimiˌdating adj
inˌtimiˈdation n
inˈtimiˌdator n

in•tim•i•date

(ɪnˈtɪm ɪˌdeɪt)

v.t. -dat•ed, -dat•ing.
1. to make timid; fill with fear.
2. to overawe or cow, as through the force of one's personality or by display of wealth, talent, etc.
3. to force into or deter from some action by inducing fear.
[1640–50; < French intimider=in- in-2 + timider, derivative of timide timid]
in•tim`i•da′tion, n.
in•tim′i•da`tor, n.
syn: See discourage.

intimidate


Past participle: intimidated
Gerund: intimidating

Imperative
intimidate
intimidate
Present
I intimidate
you intimidate
he/she/it intimidates
we intimidate
you intimidate
they intimidate
Preterite
I intimidated
you intimidated
he/she/it intimidated
we intimidated
you intimidated
they intimidated
Present Continuous
I am intimidating
you are intimidating
he/she/it is intimidating
we are intimidating
you are intimidating
they are intimidating
Present Perfect
I have intimidated
you have intimidated
he/she/it has intimidated
we have intimidated
you have intimidated
they have intimidated
Past Continuous
I was intimidating
you were intimidating
he/she/it was intimidating
we were intimidating
you were intimidating
they were intimidating
Past Perfect
I had intimidated
you had intimidated
he/she/it had intimidated
we had intimidated
you had intimidated
they had intimidated
Future
I will intimidate
you will intimidate
he/she/it will intimidate
we will intimidate
you will intimidate
they will intimidate
Future Perfect
I will have intimidated
you will have intimidated
he/she/it will have intimidated
we will have intimidated
you will have intimidated
they will have intimidated
Future Continuous
I will be intimidating
you will be intimidating
he/she/it will be intimidating
we will be intimidating
you will be intimidating
they will be intimidating
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been intimidating
you have been intimidating
he/she/it has been intimidating
we have been intimidating
you have been intimidating
they have been intimidating
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been intimidating
you will have been intimidating
he/she/it will have been intimidating
we will have been intimidating
you will have been intimidating
they will have been intimidating
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been intimidating
you had been intimidating
he/she/it had been intimidating
we had been intimidating
you had been intimidating
they had been intimidating
Conditional
I would intimidate
you would intimidate
he/she/it would intimidate
we would intimidate
you would intimidate
they would intimidate
Past Conditional
I would have intimidated
you would have intimidated
he/she/it would have intimidated
we would have intimidated
you would have intimidated
they would have intimidated
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.intimidate - make timid or fearful; "Her boss intimidates her"
affright, fright, frighten, scare - cause fear in; "The stranger who hangs around the building frightens me"; "Ghosts could never affright her"
hold over - intimidate somebody (with a threat); "She was holding it over him"
ballyrag, boss around, browbeat, bully, bullyrag, hector, push around, strong-arm - be bossy towards; "Her big brother always bullied her when she was young"
2.intimidate - to compel or deter by or as if by threats
daunt, frighten away, frighten off, scare away, scare off, pall, scare, dash - cause to lose courage; "dashed by the refusal"
discourage - deprive of courage or hope; take away hope from; cause to feel discouraged

intimidate

verb frighten, pressure, threaten, alarm, scare, terrify, cow, bully, plague, menace, hound, awe, daunt, harass, subdue, oppress, persecute, lean on (informal), coerce, overawe, scare off (informal), terrorize, pressurize, browbeat, twist someone's arm (informal), tyrannize, dishearten, dispirit, scare the bejesus out of (informal), affright (archaic), domineer Attempts to intimidate people into voting for them failed.

intimidate

verb
To domineer or drive into compliance by the use of as threats or force, for example:
Informal: strong-arm.
Translations
يُرْهِبُيُفْزِع، يُخيف، يُرْعِب
zastrašit
intimidereskræmme
pelotella
prestrašiti
hræîa, ógna
おじけづかせる
위협하다
įbauginimas
iebaidītiebiedēt
skrämma
ข่มขู่คุกคาม
đe dọa

intimidate

[ɪnˈtɪmɪdeɪt] VTintimidar

intimidate

[ɪnˈtɪmɪdeɪt] vtintimider
to intimidate sb into doing sth → intimider qn pour qu'il fasse qch
They attempted to intimidate people into voting for the governing party → Ils tentaient d'intimider la population pour qu'elle vote en faveur du parti au pouvoir.

intimidate

vteinschüchtern; they intimidated him into not telling the policesie schüchterten ihn so ein, dass er der Polizei nichts erzählte; we won’t be intimidatedwir lassen uns nicht einschüchtern

intimidate

[ɪnˈtɪmɪˌdeɪt] vtintimidire; (witness) → minacciare, sottoporre ad intimidazione

intimidate

(inˈtimideit) verb
to frighten eg by threatening violence.
inˌtimiˈdation noun

intimidate

يُرْهِبُ zastrašit intimidere einschüchtern εκφοβίζω intimidar pelotella intimider prestrašiti intimidire おじけづかせる 위협하다 intimideren true onieśmielić intimidar запугивать skrämma ข่มขู่คุกคาม gözünü korkutmak đe dọa 胁迫
References in classic literature ?
I agree with you, Alice, in thinking that such a front and eye were formed rather to intimidate than to deceive; but let us not practice a deception upon ourselves, by expecting any other exhibition of what we esteem virtue than according to the fashion of the savage.
If you come her to intimidate me, you come to the wrong man.
Let us depart at once, for the common saying that in delay there is danger, lends spurs to my eagerness to take the road; and as neither heaven has created nor hell seen any that can daunt or intimidate me, saddle Rocinante, Sancho, and get ready thy ass and the queen's palfrey, and let us take leave of the castellan and these gentlemen, and go hence this very instant.
My courage always rises at every attempt to intimidate me.
The usage they have in every case received from the natives has been such as to intimidate the boldest of their number.
But, in such a cause, his anger, though it must shock, could not intimidate Henry, who was sustained in his purpose by a conviction of its justice.
The society of the energetic class, in their friendly and festive meetings, is full of courage and of attempts which intimidate the pale scholar.
You are quite wrong, excellency, if you think that your presence will intimidate them; nothing intimidates them.
Encouraged by this evidence of his power, he thrust his head into view, and by scowling and snarling and gnashing his fangs tried to intimidate me.
One moment Sara would interpose her body between Michael and the leopard, which was still being delayed by the prodding irons; and the next moment she would turn to screech at the fanged cat is if by very advertisement of her malignancy she might intimidate him into keeping back.
Whereupon, although his teeth chattered with the ague and his swimming eyes could scarcely see, he held on to his fading consciousness until he could intimidate the bushmen with the simple magics of compass, watch, burning glass, and matches.
He was a coward, afraid to strike me because I had not quailed sufficiently in advance; so he chose a new way to intimidate me.