threaten

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Pronunciation[change]

  • enPR: thrĕt′n̩, IPA (key): /ˈθrɛt.n̩/
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  • Hyphenation: threat‧en

Verb[change]

Plain form
threaten

Third-person singular
threatens

Past tense
threatened

Past participle
threatened

Present participle
threatening

  1. To make a threat against someone; to say that you are going to do something harmful to that person
    After Joe ran off with Fred's wife, Fred threatened to kill him.