daunt

daunt daunt verb [VN] • [usually passive] to make sb feel nervous and less confident about doing sth • 使胆怯;使气馁;使失去信心 【SYN】 intimidate :
»She was a brave woman but she felt daunted by the task ahead.
她是一个勇敢的女人,但对面前的任务却感到信心不足。
daunt∙ing adj. 【SYN】 intimidating :
»She has the daunting task of cooking for 20 people every day.
她每天得做 20 个人的饭,这是一项可怕的任务。
»Starting a new job can be a daunting prospect.
开始一项新工作有时会让人望而却步。
daunt∙ing∙ly adv. 【IDIOMS】 nothing ˈdaunted (BrE, formal) • confident about sth difficult you have to do • 无所畏惧;毫不气馁:
»Nothing daunted, the people set about rebuilding their homes.
人们毫不气馁,又开始重建家园。
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  • daunt — daunt·ing·ly; daunt·less; daunt·less·ly; daunt·less·ness; un·daunt·able; un·daunt·ed·ly; un·daunt·ed·ness; daunt; …   English syllables

  • Daunt — (d[add]nt; 277), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Daunted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Daunting}.] [OF. danter, F. dompter to tame, subdue, fr. L. domitare, v. intens. of domare to tame. See {Tame}.] 1. To overcome; to conquer. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] 2. To repress or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • daunt´er — daunt «dnt, dahnt», transitive verb. 1. to frighten; overcome with fear: »Danger did not daunt the hero. SYNONYM(S): intimidate, cow. 2. to discourage; lessen the courage of: »Not daunted by his first failure, he tried again. SYNONYM(S): dismay,… …   Useful english dictionary

  • daunt — index browbeat, discourage, dissuade, frighten, intimidate Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • daunt — [do:nt US do:nt] v [T usually passive] [Date: 1200 1300; : Old French; Origin: danter, from Latin domitare to train (something) so that it obeys ] 1.) to make someone feel afraid or less confident about something ▪ He felt utterly daunted by the… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • daunt — [ dɔnt ] verb transitive often passive if something daunts you, it makes you worried because you think it will be very difficult or dangerous to do: I admit I m daunted by the job, but I m going to try my best. nothing daunted FORMAL not made… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • daunt — c.1300, to vanquish, from O.Fr. danter, variant of donter (12c., Mod.Fr. dompter) be afraid of, fear, doubt; control, restrain, from L. domitare, frequentative of domare to tame (see TAME (Cf. tame)). Sense of to intimidate is from late 15c.… …   Etymology dictionary

  • daunt — appall, *dismay, horrify Analogous words: cow, *intimidate, browbeat: discomfit, disconcert, faze (see EMBARRASS): foil, thwart, baffle (see FRUSTRATE): *frighten, alarm, scare, terrify Contrasted words: rally, rouse, arouse, * …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • daunt — [v] frighten, alarm appall, baffle, browbeat, bully, consternate, cow, deter, discourage, dishearten, dismay, dispirit, foil, horrify, intimidate, overawe, put off*, scare, shake, subdue, terrify, thwart; concepts 7,19 Ant. aid, assist, embolden …   New thesaurus

  • daunt — ► VERB (usu. be daunted) ▪ cause to feel intimidated or apprehensive. DERIVATIVES daunting adjective. ORIGIN Old French danter, from Latin domare to tame …   English terms dictionary

  • daunt — [dônt, dänt] vt. [ME daunten < OFr danter, donter < L domitare, to tame, freq. of domare, TAME] to make discouraged; intimidate; dishearten SYN. DISMAY …   English World dictionary

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