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threaten

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Etymology

Old English þrēatian

Pronunciation

Verb

Infinitive
to threaten

Third person singular
-

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
-

to threaten (third-person singular simple present -, present participle -, simple past and past participle -)
  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.
  3. To portend, or give a warning.
    The black clouds threatened heavy rain.

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