What does Threaten mean?

Definitions for Threaten
ˈθrɛt nThreat·en

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word Threaten.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. endanger, jeopardize, jeopardise, menace, threaten, imperil, peril(verb)

    pose a threat to; present a danger to

    "The pollution is endangering the crops"

  2. threaten(verb)

    to utter intentions of injury or punishment against:"He threatened me when I tried to call the police"

  3. threaten(verb)

    to be a menacing indication of something:"The clouds threaten rain"

    "Danger threatens"

Wiktionary

  1. threaten(Verb)

    To make a threat against someone; to use threats.

    He threatened me with a knife.

  2. threaten(Verb)

    To menace, or be dangerous.

    The rocks threatened the ship's survival.

  3. threaten(Verb)

    To portend, or give a warning.

    The black clouds threatened heavy rain.

  4. Origin: From þreaten or þreten, from þrēatian.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Threaten(verb)

    to utter threats against; to menace; to inspire with apprehension; to alarm, or attempt to alarm, as with the promise of something evil or disagreeable; to warn

  2. Threaten(verb)

    to exhibit the appearance of (something evil or unpleasant) as approaching; to indicate as impending; to announce the conditional infliction of; as, to threaten war; to threaten death

  3. Threaten(verb)

    to use threats, or menaces; also, to have a threatening appearance

Editors Contribution

  1. threaten

    Warn someone strongly with the intention of harming them as a means to get something done.

    Don't threaten him so much, he might faint. My boss threatened me that if I dint do as he said, he will spoil my career.

    Submitted by anonymous on March 3, 2019  

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Threaten' in Verbs Frequency: #306

How to pronounce Threaten ?

  1. Alex
    Alex
    US English
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    Karen
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    Veena
    Veena
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How to say Threaten in sign language?

  1. threaten

Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Threaten in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Threaten in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of Threaten in a Sentence

  1. Hun Sen:

    Don't scare and threaten me.

  2. Lucius Annaeus Seneca:

    Laws do not persuade just because they threaten.

  3. Paul Valery:

    Two dangers constantly threaten the world order and disorder.

  4. Sarah Palin:

    I don't threaten anyone, that's because I'm everyone's grandma.

  5. Nancy Pelosi:

    Countries exercise their leverage, they threaten, they this or that.

Images & Illustrations of Threaten

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