• (verb-transitive): To express a threat against.
  • (verb-transitive): To be a source of danger to; menace.
  • (verb-transitive): To give signs or warning of; portend.
  • (verb-transitive): To announce the possibility of in a threat.
  • (verb-intransitive): To express or use threats.
  • (verb-intransitive): To indicate danger or harm.

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  • (verb): to be a menacing indication of something; "The clouds threaten rain"; "Danger threatens"
  • (verb): to utter intentions of injury or punishment against; "He threatened me when I tried to call the police"
  • (verb): pose a threat to; present a danger to; "The pollution is endangering the crops"

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  • So, by ruling that German officials had to use the strictest definition of the word threaten, the European parliament freed Germany to pass a law that seemed to have real teeth in protecting the domestic economy while still enabling German officials to approve most takeovers.

  • Why does Sarah Palin threaten you so much that you have to make such comments?

  • Now that their actions have come to light they may once again threaten the stability of the financial system.

  • Apparently, it is those two industries that once again threaten our economy.

  • In this thrilling sequel to Eighth Grade Bites, Vlad must confront the secrets of the past and battle forces that once again threaten his life.

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