What does threaten mean?

Definitions for threaten
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.

    Etymology: From þreaten or þreten, from þrēatian.

  2. threatenverb

    To menace, or be dangerous.

    The rocks threatened the ship's survival.

    Etymology: From þreaten or þreten, from þrēatian.

  3. threatenverb

    To portend, or give a warning.

    The black clouds threatened heavy rain.

    Etymology: From þreaten or þreten, from þrēatian.

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. Kevin Stitt:

    California and its elected officials over the past few years have banned travel to the State of Oklahoma in an effort to politically threaten and intimidate Oklahomans for their personal values. Enough is enough.

  2. Gwen Carr:

    No matter what he did, he wasn't doing anything to threaten them, so why would they kill that young man ? Just like they killed my son.

  3. Mike Pompeo:

    Trumpand Irans regime has taken new steps to advance its nuclear ambitions, once again, The Iranian regime uses The Iranian regime nuclear program to extort the international community and threaten regional security. The worlds top sponsor of terrorism can never be allowed to enrich uranium at any level.

  4. Noam Chomsky:

    The only justification for repressive institutions is material and cultural deficit. But such institutions, at certain stages of history, perpetuate and produce such a deficit, and even threaten human survival.

  5. Cal Fire:

    Firefighters will work today to bolster lines where large pockets of previously unburned fuel threaten existing control lines.

Images & Illustrations of threaten

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