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 for threaten
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Threaten \Threat"en\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Threatened; p. pr. &
     vb. n. Threatening.] [OE. [thorn]retenen. See Threat, v.
     t.]
     1. To utter threats against; to menace; to inspire with
        apprehension; to alarm, or attempt to alarm, as with the
        promise of something evil or disagreeable; to warn.
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              Let us straitly threaten them, that they speak
              henceforth to no man in this name.    --Acts iv. 17.
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     2. To exhibit the appearance of (something evil or
        unpleasant) as approaching; to indicate as impending; to
        announce the conditional infliction of; as, to threaten
        war; to threaten death. --Milton.
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              The skies look grimly
              And threaten present blusters.        --Shak.
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     Syn: To menace.
  
     Usage: Threaten, Menace. Threaten is Anglo-Saxon, and
            menace is Latin. As often happens, the former is the
            more familiar term; the latter is more employed in
            formal style. We are threatened with a drought; the
            country is menaced with war.
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                  By turns put on the suppliant and the lord:
                  Threatened this moment, and the next implored.
                                                    --Prior.
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                  Of the sharp ax
                  Regardless, that o'er his devoted head
                  Hangs menacing.                   --Somerville.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Threaten \Threat"en\, v. i.
     To use threats, or menaces; also, to have a threatening
     appearance.
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           Though the seas threaten, they are merciful. --Shak.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  threaten
      v 1: pose a threat to; present a danger to; "The pollution is
           endangering the crops" [syn: endanger, jeopardize,
           jeopardise, menace, threaten, imperil, peril]
      2: to utter intentions of injury or punishment against:"He
         threatened me when I tried to call the police"
      3: to be a menacing indication of something:"The clouds threaten
         rain"; "Danger threatens"

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  144 Moby Thesaurus words for "threaten":
     abuse, admonish, advise, afflict, aggrieve, alert, anticipate,
     apprehend, approach, augur, await, be destined, be fated,
     be imminent, be in store, be to be, be to come, befoul, bewitch,
     blight, bludgeon, bluster, bluster out of, bode, brew, browbeat,
     bulldoze, bully, caution, come, come on, comminate, condemn,
     confront, corrupt, cow, croak, crucify, cry havoc, curse, damage,
     daunt, defile, demoralize, denounce, deprave, despoil, destroy,
     disadvantage, disserve, distress, do a mischief, do evil, do ill,
     do wrong, do wrong by, doom, dragoon, draw near, draw nigh,
     draw on, endanger, envenom, expect, face, forebode, foresee,
     foretell, forewarn, forthcome, gather, get into trouble,
     give fair warning, give notice, give warning, hang over, harass,
     harm, have a premonition, have a presentiment, hector, hex, hope,
     hover, huff, hurt, impair, impend, imperil, infect, injure,
     intimidate, issue an ultimatum, jeopardize, jinx, lie ahead,
     lie over, look black, look for, look forward to, look threatening,
     loom, lower, maltreat, menace, mistreat, molest, near, notify,
     outrage, overhang, persecute, plan, play havoc with, play hob with,
     plot, poison, pollute, portend, preapprehend, predict, prejudice,
     presage, project, prophesy, put in jeopardy, savage, scathe,
     sound the alarm, systematically terrorize, taint, terrorize, tip,
     tip off, torment, torture, utter a caveat, utter threats against,
     violate, warn, warn against, wound, wreak havoc on, wrong
  
  

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