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threat·en

threaten

 
 
pronunciation:
thre tn
part of speech: verb
inflections: threatens, threatening, threatened
definition 1: to say that one will harm or punish; make a threat to.
The judge threatened him with a jail sentence.
synonyms:
menace
antonyms:
coax
similar words:
admonish, bully, challenge, provoke, terrorize, warn
definition 2: to warn or give a sign of.
The cloudy sky threatened snow.
synonyms:
bode
similar words:
endanger, promise
definition 3: to announce an action that one might take which would have a bad effect on oneself or others, often made in order to force others to do something that one wants.
The bus drivers threatened to go on strike if they didn't get a raise in pay.
similar words:
promise
definition 4: to be a cause of loss or destruction.
Plastic pollution in the ocean threatens both sea animals and birds.
derivations: threateningly (adv.), threatener (n.)