To intimidate someone is to cause that person to feel nervousness, fear, or concern. The source of the intimidation can be a person or a thing.
This first set of examples uses the word "intimidate" as a verb:
- The older boy intimidated the younger boy so much that he left the playground.
- The priest intimidates some members of his congregation when he questions their behavior.
- Are you trying to intimidate me?
- Tim says the weight room and the exercise machines intimidate him.
- She was intimidated by all the rich and famous people at the party. (This sentence uses the passive voice.)
- She was so intimidated by the assignment that she couldn’t even begin working on it.
- Hazel is intimidated by new technology.
- Are you intimidated by someone who speaks English really well?
- He’s intimidating other drivers by tailgating them.
He intimidates other drivers.
The words "intimidating" and "intimidated" can be used as adjectives:
- Juan finds art galleries to be intimidating.
- Our supervisor is a very intimidating person.
- Our teacher is a little intimidating.
- Hazel finds new technology to be intimidating.
- I feel intimidated.
- An intimidated class full of young students refused to ask the teacher any questions.
- She felt so intimidated by the government that she stopped using her email.
The word "intimidation" is a noun:
- Intimidation from other employees caused Gabriel to quit his job.
- Terry refused to give in to the intimidation she felt coming from her boss.
- Showing his gun inside the bar was considered an act of intimidation and he was promptly arrested.
- The company used intimidation and fear to get more work out of their employees.
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