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Threaten, to menace; absol.: “though the seas t., they are merciful,” Tp. V, 178. Meas. I, 3, 24. Err. I, 1, 10. Merch. II, 7, 18. III, 2, 105. Shr. V, 2, 136. John III, 4, 120. V, 2, 73. R2 III, 3, 51. H5 II, 4, 110. H6B IV, 1, 107. H6C I, 3, 17. II, 6, 58. V, 3, 4. Tit. I, 134. II, 1, 4. IV, 2, 94. Tim. V, 1, 169. Caes. I, 3, 8. Hml. III, 4, 57. Ant. I, 3, 52. III, 13, 171. With an inf.: “hath --ed to put me into everlasting liberty,” Wiv. III, 3, 30. IV, 2, 89. Lr. II, 1, 68. Transitively; 1) the thing or person menaced as object: “the twigs that t. them,” All's III, 5, 56. Wint. III, 2, 165. John II, 225. John II, 225 V, 1, 49. H4A V, 4, 42. H5 II, 4, 70. IV Chor. H5 II, 4, 70 Cor. I, 6, 36. Tit. III, 1, 224. Caes. II, 2, 10. Mcb. II, 4, 6. Per. V, 1, 201. An inf. following: “--ed me to strike me,” Mids. III, 2, 312. With following: “--ing Ilion with annoy,” Lucr. 1370. Wint. V, 1, 201. H6C V 4, 23. R3 I, 4, 193. Rom. V, 3, 276. Hml. II, 2, 528. Cymb. V, 5, 77. 2) the evil to be inflicted as object: “the skies t. present blusters,” Wint. III, 3, 4. “the law that --ed death,” Rom. III, 3, 139. “no less is --ed me,” Lr. III, 3, 19. “--s life or death,” Per. I, 3, 25.
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