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From Medieval Latin intimidatus, past participle of intimidō (“to make afraid”), from Latin in- (“in”) + timidus (“afraid, timid”); see timid.
intimidate (third-person singular simple present intimidates, present participle intimidating, simple past and past participle intimidated)
- (transitive) To make timid or afraid; to cause to feel fear or nervousness; to deter, especially by threats of violence
- 2018, Nnedi Okorafor, Who Fears Death, HarperVoyager, page 168:
- His father tried to intimidate his son into staying, threatening him with banishment and a possible beating.
- He's trying to intimidate you. If you ignore him, hopefully he'll stop.
- Synonym: abash
to make timid or fearful
- intimidate in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911
- intimidate in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- second-person singular voseo imperative of intimidar combined with te
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