intimidate

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From Medieval Latin intimidatus, past participle of intimidare (to make afraid), from Latin in (in) + timidus (afraid, timid); see timid.

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  • IPA(key): /ɪnˈtɪmɪdeɪt/

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intimidate (third-person singular simple present intimidates, present participle intimidating, simple past and past participle intimidated)

  1. (transitive) To make timid or afraid; to cause to feel fear; to deter, especially by threats of violence
    He's trying to intimidate you. If you ignore him, hopefully he'll stop.
    Synonyms: abash

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