Definition of daunt in English:

daunt

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Pronunciation: /dɔːnt
 
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verb

[with object]
Make (someone) feel intimidated or apprehensive: some people are daunted by technology
More example sentences
  • Most of my travels having been to hot places, I was daunted at the prospect of such cold - but the invitation was irresistible.
  • The prospect of transplant surgery does not daunt her.
  • Even the prospect of getting down to taxing schoolwork did not daunt Amy.
Synonyms
intimidate, abash, take aback, shake, ruffle, throw, demoralize, discourage; deter, put off, dishearten, dispirit, deject, sap, cow, overawe, awe, frighten, scare, alarm, unman, dismay, distress, disconcert, discompose, perturb, upset, discomfit, unsettle, unnerve, disquiet, subdue; throw off balance, put someone off their stroke, cause someone to lose their composure, confound, panic, stupefy, stun
informal rattle, faze, put into a flap, throw into a tizz, discombobulate, shake up, psych
British informal put the wind up

Origin

Middle English: from Old French danter, from Latin domitare, frequentative of domare 'to tame'.

Phrases

nothing daunted

Without having been made fearful or apprehensive: nothing daunted, the committee set to work
More example sentences
  • Carolino did not know English but, nothing daunted, he used an English / French phrase book and a French / Portuguese phrase book to produce a yet to be determined language.
  • The week before's outdoor session was rained off, but nothing daunted the members adjourned to the clubroom where an impromptu portraiture session was set up, with members being put through their paces by Michael O'Sullivan.
  • But he had a big local following and nothing daunted, won a seat on the Council.

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