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?

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How to say threaten in sign language?

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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. Paul E. Pfuetze:

    Now the alternative to despair is courage. And human life can be viewed as a continuous struggle between these two options. Courage is the capacity to affirm one's life in spite of the elements which threaten it. The fact that courage usually predominates over despair in itself tells us something important about life. It tells you that the forces that affirm life are stronger than those that negate it.

  2. 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.

  3. David Mamet:

    In a world we find terrifying, we ratify that which doesn't threaten us.

  4. Jeff Sessions:

    I'm confident that Deputy Rosenstein, 28 years in the Department of Justice, did not improperly threaten anyone on that occasion, but we do believe that we have tried to be cooperative with them and made progress ... in fact have had some good relationships with top members of Congress.

  5. Chris Crane:

    It should be frightening to every American that a sitting member of Congress would threaten the safety of any person and their family, and incite the public to take acts of violence against them, let alone the lives of those whose job it is to protect us and keep us safe.

Images & Illustrations of threaten

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