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threaten

threat·en

threaten

 
 
pronunciation:
thre tn
part of speech: verb
inflections: threatened, threatening, threatens
definition: to say that you will harm or punish some person or group if something that you demand is not done.
The judge threatened to send him to jail.
similar words:
challenge, provoke, warn
derivations: threateningly (adv.), threatener (n.)