What is the opposite of intimidate?

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Opposite of to deter or cause to feel fear, especially by threats of violence
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Opposite of to rule over or control arbitrarily or arrogantly
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Opposite of to intimidate, subdue, or control by awe
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Opposite of to overawe someone, especially with words or facts they may not fully comprehend
“In attempting to elucidate the significance of this paradox, I want to proceed carefully.”
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Opposite of to bully in an intimidating, bossy, or supercilious way
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Opposite of to inflict, or threaten to inflict, physical or emotional harm to
“Jonas then tells Isla that, moving forward, he would protect her from Jacob and the other bullies.”
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Opposite of to demand earnestly or pressingly
“The doctor would deter my efforts to pursue a sporting profession due to how prone I am to injury.”
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Opposite of to coerce into doing something using intimidatory tactics
“The overall goal of disaster response sheltering is to encourage people to evacuate in order to prevent loss of human life.”
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Opposite of to convince or manipulate
“The convenient rationalization that our weapons potpourri will confuse the enemy into fear of misbehaving is absurd and threatening.”
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Opposite of to persuade (an unwilling person) to do something by using force or threats
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Opposite of to have power and influence over
“After three straight weeks with poor performances, the young gun continues to struggle at the elite level of the sport.”
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Opposite of stick to your guns
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Opposite of to disconcert someone with an unblinking face-to-face confrontation
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Opposite of to make things very unpleasant for someone
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