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threaten (v.)

late 13c., "attempt to influence by menacing," from Old English þreatnian "to threaten" (see threat). Related: Threatened. Threatening in the sense of "portending no good" is recorded from 1520s.

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Definitions of threaten from WordNet

threaten (v.)
pose a threat to; present a danger to;
threaten (v.)
to utter intentions of injury or punishment against;
He threatened me when I tried to call the police
threaten (v.)
to be a menacing indication of something;
Danger threatens
The clouds threaten rain
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