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intimidate

in·tim·i·date

intimidate

 
pronunciation:
ihn tI mih deIt
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: intimidated, intimidates, intimidating
definition 1: to cause to become timid or afraid, esp. by means of threats.
Bullies tried to intimidate him, but he wasn't afraid.Gangsters intimidated the shop owners.
 
similar words:
bulldoze
definition 2: to discourage, deter, or inhibit, as with an overwhelming display of wealth, power, or intellectual superiority.
The large, powerful nation intimidated its small neighbors.He never spoke up in class as he was intimidated by the more confident and aggressive students who appeared smarter to him.
similar words:
daunt, dismay
derivations: intimidation (n.), intimidator (n.)