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threaten

threat·en

threaten

 
 
pronunciation:
thre tn
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb
features:
Word Combinations (verb)
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: threatened, threatening, threatens
definition 1: to declare intent to harm or punish.
The judge threatened him with a jail sentence.She threatened him with a gun.
synonyms:
menace
antonyms:
coax
similar words:
admonish, bulldoze, bully, challenge, cow, intimidate, jeopardize, provoke, terrorize, warn
definition 2: to warn of upcoming trouble or harm.
The sky threatened rain.
synonyms:
augur, bode, portend
similar words:
endanger, imperil, presage, promise
definition 3: to announce as an action that one might take, such action being considered one that would have an adverse effect on others.
She threatened to quit if she wasn't offered more money.He threatened to kill her if she went to the police.
similar words:
promise
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition 1: to use threats.
He can threaten all he wants, but I don't think he can actually harm you.
similar words:
bully, challenge, menace, warn
definition 2: to warn of danger or mischief.
The storm clouds threatened.
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derivations: threateningly (adv.), threatener (n.)