Definitions for threatθrɛt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. a declaration of an intention to inflict punishment, injury, etc., as in retaliation for, or conditionally upon, some action or course.

  2. an indication or warning of probable trouble.

  3. a person or thing that threatens.

  4. (v.i.)Archaic. to threaten.

Origin of threat:

bef. 900; ME threte, OE thrēat pressure, c. ON thraut hardship

Princeton's WordNet

  1. menace, threat(noun)

    something that is a source of danger

    "earthquakes are a constant threat in Japan"

  2. threat(noun)

    a warning that something unpleasant is imminent

    "they were under threat of arrest"

  3. threat(noun)

    declaration of an intention or a determination to inflict harm on another

    "his threat to kill me was quite explicit"

  4. terror, scourge, threat(noun)

    a person who inspires fear or dread

    "he was the terror of the neighborhood"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. threat(noun)θrɛt

    the possibility that sth bad could happen

    the threat of a terrorist attack; ancient trees under threat from logging

  2. threatθrɛt

    a statement that sth bad or harmful will happen to sb unless they take a particular action

    They made threats against his life.; a death threat; the threat of military action

  3. threatθrɛt

    sb or sth that is thought to be dangerous

    They called him a threat to society.


  1. threat(Noun)

    an expression of intent to injure or punish another.

  2. threat(Noun)

    an indication of imminent danger.

  3. threat(Noun)

    a person or object that is regarded as a danger; a menace.

  4. threat(Verb)

    To threaten.

  5. Origin: þreat.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Threat(noun)

    the expression of an intention to inflict evil or injury on another; the declaration of an evil, loss, or pain to come; menace; threatening; denunciation

  2. Threat(noun)

    to threaten


  1. Threat

    A threat is an act of coercion wherein an act is proposed to elicit a negative response. It is a communicated intent to inflict harm or loss on another person. It can be a crime in many jurisdictions. Threat is widely seen in animals, particularly in a ritualized form, chiefly in order to avoid the unnecessary physical violence that can lead to physical damage or death of both conflicting parties.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'threat' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1809

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'threat' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3249

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'threat' in Nouns Frequency: #664

Anagrams of threat

  1. Hatter, hatter

  2. Hatter

Translations for threat

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a warning that one is going to hurt or punish someone

He will certainly carry out his threat to harm you.

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