from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To abate the courage of; discourage. See Synonyms at dismay.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To discourage, intimidate.
- v. To overwhelm.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To overcome; to conquer.
- transitive v. To repress or subdue the courage of; to check by fear of danger; to cow; to intimidate; to dishearten.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To tame.
- To subdue; conquer; overcome.
- To subdue the courage of; cause to quail; check by fear of danger; intimidate; discourage.
- To cast down through fear or apprehension; cow down.
- n. A fright; a check.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. cause to lose courage
Middle English daunten, from Old French danter, from Latin domitāre, frequentative of domāre, to tame; see demə- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English daunten (also, to tame), from Old French danter, from Latin domitare (to tame); compare domare, to tame, conquer (Wiktionary)