What does threaten mean?

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ˈθrɛt nthreat·en

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. endanger, jeopardize, jeopardise, menace, threaten, imperil, perilverb

    pose a threat to; present a danger to

    "The pollution is endangering the crops"

  2. threatenverb

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

  3. threatenverb

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

    "Danger threatens"

Wiktionary

  1. threatenverb

    To make a threat against someone; to use threats.

    He threatened me with a knife.

  2. threatenverb

    To menace, or be dangerous.

    The rocks threatened the ship's survival.

  3. threatenverb

    To portend, or give a warning.

    The black clouds threatened heavy rain.

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Threat, To Threatenverb

    threat is seldom used but in poetry.

    Etymology: þreatian , Saxon:

    Death to be wish’d
    Though threaten’d, which no worse than this can bring. John Milton.

    What threat you me with telling of the king?
    Tell him and spare not. William Shakespeare, Richard III.

    That it spread no further, straitly threaten them that they speak henceforth to no man in this name. Acts iv. 18.

    The void profound
    Wide gaping, and with utter loss of being
    Threatens him. John Milton.

    Æneas their assault undaunted did abide,
    And thus to Lausus, loud with friendly threat’ning cry’d. John Dryden, Virgil.

    This day black omens threat the brightest fair,
    That e’er deserv’d a watchful spirit’s care. Alexander Pope.

    Void of fear,
    He threaten’d with his long protended spear. Dryden.

    The noise increases as the billows roar,
    When rowling from afar they threat the shore. Dryden.

Wikipedia

  1. threaten

    A threat is a communication of intent to inflict harm or loss on another person. Intimidation is a tactic used between conflicting parties to make the other timid or psychologically insecure for coercion or control. The act of intimidation for coercion is considered as a threat. Threatening or threatening behavior (or criminal threatening behavior) is the crime of intentionally or knowingly putting another person in fear of bodily injury. "Threat of harm generally involves a perception of injury...physical or mental damage...act or instance of injury, or a material and detriment or loss to a person."Some of the more common types of threats forbidden by law are those made with an intent to obtain a monetary advantage or to compel a person to act against their will. In most US states, it is an offense to threaten to (1) use a deadly weapon on another person; (2) injure another's person or property; or (3) injure another's reputation.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Threatenverb

    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. Threatenverb

    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. Threatenverb

    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

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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. Michael Miller:

    Too many laws threaten journalists with jail, too many documents are top secret and too many whistleblowers are punished when they should be protected.

  2. Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu:

    If anything occurred that were to threaten Turkish security, we wouldn't wait for tomorrow, we would go right in. But it's wrong to expect that Turkey would undertake such a unilateral intervention in the immediate term if there is no such risk.

  3. Huntington Park Police Department:

    The suspect continued to threaten officers with the butcher knife, resulting in an officer-involved shooting.

  4. Ilhan Omar:

    Netanyahu's decision to deny us entry might be unprecedented for members of Congress, but it is the policy of his government when it comes to Palestinians, this is the policy of his government when it comes to anyone who holds views that threaten the occupation. A policy that has been edged on and supported by Trump's administration, that's because the only way to preserve unjust policy is to suppress people's freedom of expression, freedom of association and freedom of movement.

  5. Rand Paul:

    We are currently sending roughly $400 million of U.S. taxpayer dollars to the Palestinian Authority, certainly, groups that threaten Israel cannot be allies of the U.S. I will continue to do everything in my power to make sure this president and this Congress stop treating Israel's enemies as American allies.

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