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threaten

threat·en

threaten

 
 
pronunciation:
thre tn
part of speech: verb
inflections: threatened, threatening, threatens
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
derivations: threateningly (adv.), threatener (n.)