endanger, jeopardize, jeopardise, menace, threaten, imperil, peril(verb)
pose a threat to; present a danger to
"The pollution is endangering the crops"
to utter intentions of injury or punishment against:"He threatened me when I tried to call the police"
to be a menacing indication of something:"The clouds threaten rain"
To make a threat against someone; to use threats.
He threatened me with a knife.
To menace, or be dangerous.
The rocks threatened the ship's survival.
To portend, or give a warning.
The black clouds threatened heavy rain.
Origin: From þreaten or þreten, from þrēatian.
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
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
to use threats, or menaces; also, to have a threatening appearance
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.
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Rank popularity for the word 'threaten' in Verbs Frequency: #306
The numerical value of threaten in Chaldean Numerology is: 4
The numerical value of threaten in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1
Examples of threaten in a Sentence
Don't scare and threaten me.
Laws do not persuade just because they threaten.
Two dangers constantly threaten the world order and disorder.
I don't threaten anyone, that's because I'm everyone's grandma.
Countries exercise their leverage, they threaten, they this or that.
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Translations for threaten
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- هَدَّدَ, هددArabic
- amenaçarCatalan, Valencian
- hrozit, vyhrožovatCzech
- androhen, drohen, bedrohenGerman
- uhata, enteillä, vaarantaaFinnish
- maoidhScottish Gaelic
- 威嚇, 脅す, 脅かす, 脅迫Japanese
- insto, minorLatin
- kapatau, takutakuMāori
- bedreigen, dreigenDutch
- truge, trueNorwegian Nynorsk
- grozić, zagrażaćPolish
- угрожать, грозить, предвещатьRussian
- gözünü korkutmakTurkish
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