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. The NAACP:

    The NAACP intends to aggressively and nimbly respond to the current climate of political unrest, as well as the assaults upon human and civil rights that threaten our very democracy, as only it can, to do so demands that the board of the NAACP ensure that organization has the right plan and the right leadership to address these 21st-century challenges.

  2. Deane Jordan:

    Chain letters are not illegal. What is illegal is to threaten lives in such letters or solicit money.

  3. Mike Pompeo:

    We will continue to work with our allies to counter the regime's destabilizing activities in the region, block their financing of terror, and address Iran's proliferation of missiles and other advanced weapons that threaten peace and stability, we will also ensure Iran has no possible path to a nuclear weapon -- ever.

  4. Freddie Gray:

    Whether we call them a thug, a law breaker, a juvenile delinquent, it really doesn't matter. What matters is how do we take back our streets. And that's what men have been doing, going around, talking to these young men where they, are in their face, and letting them know, you can't control this community. It is not yours. You can't burn it down. You can't force people out. You can't threaten people.

  5. Xi Jinping:

    But there are a couple of things that really threaten to overshadow it. One is Iran, and there really is some lingering resentment among European allies that The President pulled out of the Iran deal and created the underlying tensions.

Images & Illustrations of threaten

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