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threaten

verb

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to remain poised to inflict harm, danger, or distress on
  • the powerful hurricane continues to threaten the southern coastline

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The first known use of threaten was in the 13th century

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“Threaten.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/threaten. Accessed 5 Jul. 2022.

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