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threaten

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Definition of threaten

Etymology

    Old English ūrēatian

Pronunciation

Verb

to threaten (third-person singular simple present threatens, present participle threatening, simple past and past participle threatened)

  1. To make a threat against someone; to use threats.

    He threatened me with a knife.

  2. To menace, or be dangerous.

    The rocks threatened the ship's survival.

    To portend, or give a warning.

    The black clouds threatened heavy rain.

Usage notes

  • This is a catenative verb that takes the to infinitive.

References:

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