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.

    Etymology: From þreaten or þreten, from þrēatian.

  2. threaten(Verb)

    To menace, or be dangerous.

    The rocks threatened the ship's survival.

    Etymology: From þreaten or þreten, from þrēatian.

  3. threaten(Verb)

    To portend, or give a warning.

    The black clouds threatened heavy rain.

    Etymology: 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
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    Daniel
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    Karen
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    Veena
    Indian

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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. Zhou Qiang:

    (We must) increase the level of guidance for trials, and guide Xinjiang courts to harshly and quickly hear terror crime cases like those which threaten national security, damage ethnic unity and affect social stability.

  2. Robert Lopez:

    She needs to find her purpose, she needs to take this dangerous journey to get there, and it's going to threaten everything. She has to do it for her kingdom and for herself.

  3. Deutsche Bank:

    Another $5/barrel increase in oil will be enough for U.S. 10-year yields to threaten 3 percent. Oil is now at the cusp of levels where higher prices will spark greater FX and broader asset market volatility.

  4. Paulina Porizkova:

    Starting last year- since my husband got diagnosed -Ive been on a strange journey. Paddling a canoe in a stormy sea. My boys are in the back, scared but preoccupied. Sometimes the waves are smaller and easier to navigate, some days I lose my paddle and waves threaten to overwhelm. But I know my purpose is to get myself and my kids to safety, to the beach.

  5. Zalmay Khalilzad:

    We are at the threshold of an agreement that will reduce violence and open the door for Afghans to sit together to negotiate an honorable and sustainable peace and a unified, sovereign Afghanistan that does not threaten the United States, its allies, or any other country.

Images & Illustrations of threaten

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