Threaten meaning

thrĕtn
To indicate or be a source of danger or harm.
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To make threats.
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To express a threat against or give indications of taking hostile action against.

Threatened his neighbor with a knife.

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To give signs or warning of; portend.

Clouds threatening rain.

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To announce the possibility of (something) in a threat or prediction.

Workers threatening a walkout; a customer threatening to sue for fraud.

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To cause (someone) to feel that his or her power, social standing, or self-esteem is in danger of being diminished.

Felt threatened by his colleague's promotion.

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To express or use threats.
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To be an indication or source of potential danger, harm, etc.
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To make a threat against someone; to use threats.

He threatened me with a knife.

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To menace, or be dangerous.

The rocks threatened the ship's survival.

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To portend, or give a warning of.

The black clouds threatened heavy rain.

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Threaten is defined as to pose a danger to someone or something, or to make someone believe you pose a danger by making statements indicating an intent to harm them.

Human encroachment on animal's land is an example of something that threatens the animal population.

When you tell someone you are going to kill him, this is an example of a time when you threaten him.

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To be a source of danger to; endanger.

Landslides threatened the mountain village.

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Origin of threaten

  • From Middle English þreaten or þreten, from Old English þrÄ“atian.

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