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. verb
    compel or deter by or as if by threats
    synonyms: restrain
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    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
  2. verb
    make timid or fearful
    “Her boss intimidates her”
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    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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