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English verb: threaten

1. threaten (stative) pose a threat to; present a danger to

SamplesThe pollution is endangering the crops.

Synonymsendanger, imperil, jeopardise, jeopardize, menace, peril

Pattern of useSomething ----s somebody.
Something ----s something.
Somebody ----s to INFINITIVE

Broader (hypernym)be, exist

2. threaten (communication) to utter intentions of injury or punishment against:

SamplesHe threatened me when I tried to call the police.

ExamplesSam cannot threaten Sue

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody with something.
Somebody ----s somebody to INFINITIVE

Broader (hypernym)warn

Narrower (hyponym)offer

3. threaten (communication) to be a menacing indication of something:

SamplesThe clouds threaten rain.
Danger threatens.

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)augur, auspicate, betoken, bode, forecast, foreshadow, foretell, omen, portend, predict, prefigure, presage, prognosticate

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