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threaten

  

      vb  
1    tr   to be a threat to  
2    to be a menacing indication of (something); portend  
dark clouds threatened rain     
3    when tr, may take a clause as object   to express a threat to (a person or people)  
  threatener      n  
  threatening      adj  
  threateningly      adv  
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threaten

  
1    endanger, imperil, jeopardize, put at risk, put in jeopardy, put on the line  
2    be imminent, be in the air, be in the offing, forebode, foreshadow, hang over, hang over (someone's) head, impend, loom over, portend, presage, warn  
3    browbeat, bully, cow, intimidate, lean on     (slang)   make threats to, menace, pressurize, terrorize, warn  
  
Antonyms     
  
1 & 3    defend, guard, protect, safeguard, shelter, shield  

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