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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  
1 & 3    defend, guard, protect, safeguard, shelter, shield  
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  ( threatens    3rd person present)   ( threatening    present participle)   ( threatened    past tense & past participle  )
1       verb   If a person threatensto do something unpleasant to you, or if they threaten you, they say or imply that they will do something unpleasant to you, especially if you do not do what they want.  
He said army officers had threatened to destroy the town...      V to-inf  
He tied her up and threatened her with a six-inch knife...      V n with n  
If you threaten me or use any force, I shall inform the police.      V n, Also V that  
2       verb   If something or someone threatens a person or thing, they are likely to harm that person or thing.  
The newcomers directly threaten the livelihood of the established workers...      V n  
30 percent of reptiles, birds, and fish are currently threatened with extinction.      be V-ed with n  
3       verb   If something unpleasant threatensto happen, it seems likely to happen.  
The fighting is threatening to turn into full-scale war...      V to-inf  

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