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Dictionary definition for: Threaten

1. (v) pose a threat to; present a danger to; "The pollution is endangering the crops"

2. (v) to utter intentions of injury or punishment against:"He threatened me when I tried to call the police"

3. (v) to be a menacing indication of something:"The clouds threaten rain" "Danger threatens"

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