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What would be the appropriate one-word verb for describing the act of threateningly approaching someone? For example, a boxer, a fighter or a person of the likes approaching a physically inferior person. Which verb would capture this situation?

The context is:

This shows how she will continue to defend her point of view, even if she is being [approached] by a large, burly man.

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For your context, coerce comes close. Other synonymous words that convey this intent are: pressurize, force, compel, bully, threaten & intimidate (all from ODO).

This shows how she will continue to defend her point of view, even if she is being coerced by a large, burly man.

ODO:

coerce VERB

[WITH OBJECT] 1 Persuade (an unwilling person) to do something by using force or threats.
‘they were coerced into silence’

‘Then there are concerns that, as part of the company's strategy, it coerces you into revealing your personal details.’

‘I was never coerced or forced into doing anything I didn't like.’

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Consider confront [OXD]

Come face to face with (someone) with hostile or argumentative intent

You could say

This shows how she will continue to defend her point of view, even if she is being confronted by a large, burly man.

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Perhaps 'menace'?

To threaten harm to.

To make a show of intention to harm.

(From Merriam Webster)

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