intimidate

You can see "timid" in the middle of intimidate, and to be timid is to be frightened or to pull back from something. When you intimidate, you frighten or make someone afraid. A pet rat might intimidate your sister's friends, keeping them out of your fort.

"To frighten" or "make fearful" is at the root of the verb intimidate. An animal might intimidate a smaller animal by bearing its teeth, and a person can intimidate another by threatening to do something harmful. You can be intimidated with mental or emotional bullying, as well as with something physical: "they were all good spellers, but some of them knew how to intimidate the competition into thinking they didn't have a chance at winning the spelling bee."

DEFINITIONS OF: intimidate

1

v to compel or deter by or as if by threats

Synonyms:
restrain
Types:
dash, daunt, frighten away, frighten off, pall, scare, scare away, scare off
cause to lose courage
Type of:
discourage
deprive of courage or hope; take away hope from; cause to feel discouraged

v make timid or fearful

“Her boss intimidates her”
Types:
hold over
intimidate somebody (with a threat)
ballyrag, boss around, browbeat, bully, bullyrag, hector, push around, strong-arm
be bossy towards
domineer, tyrannise, tyrannize
rule or exercise power over (somebody) in a cruel and autocratic manner
Type of:
affright, fright, frighten, scare
cause fear in
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