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INTIMIDATE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does intimidate mean? 

INTIMIDATE (verb)
  The verb INTIMIDATE has 2 senses:

1. make timid or fearful
2. to compel or deter by or as if by threats

  Familiarity information: INTIMIDATE used as a verb is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


INTIMIDATE (verb)


Sense 1intimidate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make timid or fearful

Classified under:

Verbs of feeling

Context example:

Her boss intimidates her

Hypernyms (to "intimidate" is one way to...):

affright; fright; frighten; scare (cause fear in)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "intimidate"):

hold over (intimidate somebody (with a threat))

ballyrag; boss around; browbeat; bully; bullyrag; hector; push around; strong-arm (be bossy towards)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s somebody

Sentence example:

Sam cannot intimidate Sue


Sense 2intimidate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

To compel or deter by or as if by threats

Classified under:

Verbs of feeling

Synonyms:

intimidate; restrain

Hypernyms (to "intimidate" is one way to...):

discourage (deprive of courage or hope; take away hope from; cause to feel discouraged)

"Intimidate" entails doing...:

warn (notify of danger, potential harm, or risk)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "intimidate"):

dash; daunt; frighten away; frighten off; pall; scare; scare away; scare off (cause to lose courage)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody

Sentence example:

Sam cannot intimidate Sue


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