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Definition 1: to utter intentions of injury or punishment against - [verb of communication]

Samples where threaten or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • He threatened me when I tried to call the police

(threaten is a kind of ...) notify of danger, potential harm, or risk

"The director warned him that he might be fired" "The doctor warned me about the dangers of smoking"

(... is a kind of threaten ) threaten to do something

"I offered to leave the committee if they did not accept my proposal"

Definition 2: to be a menacing indication of something - [verb of communication]

Samples where threaten or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The clouds threaten rain
  • Danger threatens

(threaten is a kind of ...) indicate, as with a sign or an omen

"These signs bode bad news"

Definition 3: pose a threat to; present a danger to - [verb of stative]

Samples where threaten or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The pollution is endangering the crops

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(threaten is a kind of ...) have an existence, be extant

"Is there a God?"

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