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verb [transitive] British English pronunciation: intimidate /ɪnˈtɪmɪdeɪt/ 
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present tense
I/you/we/theyintimidate
he/she/itintimidates
present participleintimidating
past tenseintimidated
past participleintimidated
  1. to deliberately make someone feel frightened, especially so that they will do what you want

    The report said he used harassment and threats to intimidate television journalists.

    1. a.
      to frighten someone or make them feel nervous

      Adult courtrooms will inevitably intimidate young children.

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intimidation

 British English pronunciation: intimidation /ɪnˌtɪmɪˈdeɪʃ(ə)n/  noun [uncountable]

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