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Synonyms for threaten
ˈθrɛt n

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. endanger, jeopardize, jeopardise, menace, threaten, imperil, peril(verb)

    pose a threat to; present a danger to

    "The pollution is endangering the crops"

    imperil, stake, venture, peril, jeopardise, endanger, menace, hazard, jeopardize, scupper, expose, adventure

  2. threaten(verb)

    to utter intentions of injury or punishment against:"He threatened me when I tried to call the police"

    jeopardize, imperil, jeopardise, endanger, peril, menace

  3. threaten(verb)

    to be a menacing indication of something:"The clouds threaten rain"

    "Danger threatens"

    jeopardize, imperil, jeopardise, endanger, peril, menace

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. threaten(v. a.)

    menace, denounce, defy

  2. threaten(v. a.)

    portend, presage, forebode, augur, foreshadow, prognosticate, indicate

  3. threaten(v. n.)

    impend, be near at hand, be imminent, stare one in the face

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. threaten(v)

    menace, augur, forebode, portend, impend, be imminent

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "threaten":

    endanger, threatens, threat, jeopardise, jeopardize, threatening, threats, imperil, undermine

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How to use threaten in a sentence?

  1. Madeleine Albright:

    As Ms Blears rightly says diversity should be pursued - not just on legal or ethical grounds, important as these are in their own right- but because it will result in a better response to the range of threats that threaten national security.

  2. Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu:

    If anything occurred that were to threaten Turkish security, we wouldn't wait for tomorrow, we would go right in. But it's wrong to expect that Turkey would undertake such a unilateral intervention in the immediate term if there is no such risk.

  3. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani:

    The result is that America has been secure, thank God, there's been no terrorist attack on mainland United States. We have been the front line. Meanwhile, what needs to be underlined is while tragedy brought us together, there are common interests that now can be articulated very clearly. The threats that we are facing on a daily basis, were they, God forbid, to overwhelm us, will threaten the world at large.

  4. Andrew Cuomo:

    New York is working to end the dangerous practices that threaten our natural resources.

  5. The White House:

    President Obama, Dems threaten shutdown as funding deadline looms - WashEx :.

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