- (transitive) to make someone lose their courage; to frighten
- As ameaças de processo me acovardaram.
- The threats to sue frightened me.
- (takes a reflexive pronoun) to lose one’s courage; to chicken out
- Eu queria pular, mas me acovardei.
- I wanted to jump, but I chickened out.
Conjugation of the Portuguese -ar verb acovardar