Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “terrorize”

terrorize

verb [T] (UK usually terrorise)     /ˈter.ə.raɪz/
to make someone feel very frightened by threatening to kill or hurt them: Street gangs have been terrorizing the neighbourhood.Frightening and scaring
(Definition of terrorize verb from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Focus on the pronunciation of terrorize

Browse related topics

You are looking at an entry to do with Frightening and scaring, but you might be interested in these topics from the Fear and danger topic area:

Definitions of “terrorize” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

neighbourly

friendly or helpful

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More