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threat·en

 (thrĕt′n)
v. threat·ened, threat·en·ing, threat·ens
v.tr.
1. To express a threat against or give indications of taking hostile action against: threatened his neighbor with a knife.
2. To be a source of danger to; endanger: Landslides threatened the mountain village.
3. To give signs or warning of; portend: clouds threatening rain.
4. To announce the possibility of (something) in a threat or prediction: workers threatening a walkout; a customer threatening to sue for fraud.
5. To cause (someone) to feel that his or her power, social standing, or self-esteem is in danger of being diminished: felt threatened by his colleague's promotion.
v.intr.
1. To express or use threats.
2. To indicate or be a source of danger or harm: "When World War II threatened, Broadway turned to patriotic extravaganzas" (Deanne Stillman).

threat′en·er n.
threat′en·ing·ly adv.

threaten

(ˈθrɛtən)
vb
1. (tr) to be a threat to
2. to be a menacing indication of (something); portend: dark clouds threatened rain.
3. (when tr, may take a clause as object) to express a threat to (a person or people)
ˈthreatener n
ˈthreatening adj
ˈthreateningly adv

threat•en

(ˈθrɛt n)

v.t.
1. to utter a threat against.
2. to be a menace or source of danger to: to threaten one's peace of mind.
3. to offer (a punishment, injury, etc.) by way of a threat: They threatened swift retaliation.
4. to give an ominous indication of: The clouds threaten rain.
v.i.
5. to utter or use threats.
6. to indicate impending evil, mischief, or difficulty.

threaten

If you threaten to do something that will harm or upset someone, you warn them that you may do it.

The police threatened to imprison me.
He threatened to resign.

You can threaten someone with an action that will harm them.

The group's members were threatened with imprisonment.
The 21-year-old claimed she was threatened with death.

threaten


Past participle: threatened
Gerund: threatening

Imperative
threaten
threaten
Present
I threaten
you threaten
he/she/it threatens
we threaten
you threaten
they threaten
Preterite
I threatened
you threatened
he/she/it threatened
we threatened
you threatened
they threatened
Present Continuous
I am threatening
you are threatening
he/she/it is threatening
we are threatening
you are threatening
they are threatening
Present Perfect
I have threatened
you have threatened
he/she/it has threatened
we have threatened
you have threatened
they have threatened
Past Continuous
I was threatening
you were threatening
he/she/it was threatening
we were threatening
you were threatening
they were threatening
Past Perfect
I had threatened
you had threatened
he/she/it had threatened
we had threatened
you had threatened
they had threatened
Future
I will threaten
you will threaten
he/she/it will threaten
we will threaten
you will threaten
they will threaten
Future Perfect
I will have threatened
you will have threatened
he/she/it will have threatened
we will have threatened
you will have threatened
they will have threatened
Future Continuous
I will be threatening
you will be threatening
he/she/it will be threatening
we will be threatening
you will be threatening
they will be threatening
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been threatening
you have been threatening
he/she/it has been threatening
we have been threatening
you have been threatening
they have been threatening
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been threatening
you will have been threatening
he/she/it will have been threatening
we will have been threatening
you will have been threatening
they will have been threatening
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been threatening
you had been threatening
he/she/it had been threatening
we had been threatening
you had been threatening
they had been threatening
Conditional
I would threaten
you would threaten
he/she/it would threaten
we would threaten
you would threaten
they would threaten
Past Conditional
I would have threatened
you would have threatened
he/she/it would have threatened
we would have threatened
you would have threatened
they would have threatened
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.threaten - pose a threat tothreaten - pose a threat to; present a danger to; "The pollution is endangering the crops"
exist, be - have an existence, be extant; "Is there a God?"
2.threaten - to utter intentions of injury or punishment against:"He threatened me when I tried to call the police"
warn - notify of danger, potential harm, or risk; "The director warned him that he might be fired"; "The doctor warned me about the dangers of smoking"
offer - threaten to do something; "I offered to leave the committee if they did not accept my proposal"
3.threaten - to be a menacing indication of something:"The clouds threaten rain"; "Danger threatens"
augur, auspicate, bode, omen, portend, foreshadow, presage, prognosticate, predict, prefigure, betoken, forecast, foretell - indicate by signs; "These signs bode bad news"

threaten

verb
1. intimidate, bully, menace, terrorize, warn, cow, lean on (slang), pressurize, browbeat, make threats to He tied her up and threatened her with a knife.
intimidate protect, guard, defend, shelter, shield, safeguard
2. endanger, jeopardize, put at risk, imperil, put in jeopardy, put on the line The newcomers directly threaten the livelihood of current workers.
endanger protect, guard, defend, shelter, shield, safeguard
3. be imminent, hang over, be in the air, loom, be in the offing, hang over someone's head, impend Plants must be covered with a leaf-mould if frost threatens.

threaten

verb
1. To domineer or drive into compliance by the use of as threats or force, for example:
Informal: strong-arm.
2. To subject to danger or destruction:
3. To give warning signs of (impending peril):
4. To be imminent:
Translations
يُهَدِّدُيُهَدِّد
vyhrožovathrozit
TRUE
uhata
prijetiti
hóta, ógna
脅す脅迫する威嚇する脅かす
위협하다
vyhrážať sa
groziti
hota
ขู่เข็ญ
đe dọa

threaten

[ˈθretn]
A. VT
1. (= menace verbally) → amenazar
to threaten to do sthamenazar con hacer algo
she threatened to kill himamenazó con matarlo
to threaten sb with sthamenazar a algn con algo
they were threatened with the sacklos amenazaron con el despido, amenazaron con despedirlos
2. (= pose a threat to) [+ environment, community, way of life] → amenazar
some schools have been threatened with closurela amenaza de cierre se cierne sobre algunos colegios
to be threatened with extinctionestar amenazado de extinción
3. (= promise) [+ rain, bad weather] → amenazar
it's threatening to rainamenaza lluvia, amenaza (con) llover
it's threatening to turn into a full-scale waramenaza (con) convertirse en una guerra declarada
B. VI [sky, clouds] → amenazar

threaten

[ˈθrɛtən]
vi [storm, war, danger] → menacer
vt
(= make threats towards) → menacer
to threaten sb with sth [+ dismissal, prison] → menacer qn de qch
to threaten sb with a knife → menacer qn avec un couteau
to threaten sb with a gun → menacer qn avec un pistolet
to threaten to do sth [person] → menacer de faire qch
(= endanger) [+ society, livelihood, peace, security, wildlife] → être une menace pour, menacer
to be threatened with extinction → être menacé(e) d'extinction
(= be likely) to threaten to do sth → menacer de faire qch

threaten

vt
personbedrohen, drohen (+dat); revenge, violenceandrohen, drohen mit; don’t you threaten me!von Ihnen lasse ich mir nicht drohen!; to threaten to do something(an)drohen, etw zu tun; to threaten somebody with somethingjdm etw androhen, jdm mit etw drohen; to threaten somebody with a weaponjdn mit der Waffe bedrohen; to threaten legal actionmit rechtlichen Schritten drohen
(= put in danger)bedrohen, gefährden; the rain threatened to spoil the harvestder Regen drohte, die Ernte zu zerstören
(Met: = give warning of) the sky threatens rainder Himmel sieht (bedrohlich) nach Regen aus; it’s threatening to raines sieht (bedrohlich) nach Regen aus
vi (danger, storm etc)drohen, im Anzug sein

threaten

[ˈθrɛtn]
1. vtminacciare
to threaten sb with sth → minacciare qn di qc
to threaten to do sth → minacciare di fare qc
2. vi (storm) → minacciare

threat

(θret) noun
1. a warning that one is going to hurt or punish someone. He will certainly carry out his threat to harm you.
2. a sign of something dangerous or unpleasant which may be, or is, about to happen. a threat of rain.
3. a source of danger. His presence is a threat to our plan/success.
ˈthreaten verb
to make or be a threat (to). She threatened to kill herself; He threatened me with violence / with a gun; A storm is threatening.

threaten

يُهَدِّدُ vyhrožovat true drohen απειλώ amenazar uhata menacer prijetiti minacciare 脅す 위협하다 dreigen true zagrozić ameaçar угрожать hota ขู่เข็ญ tehdit etmek đe dọa 威胁

threaten

v. amenazar.

threaten

vt, vi amenazar
References in classic literature ?
As for buttons, she soon learned to wonder where they went, to shake her head over the carelessness of men, and to threaten to make him sew them on himself, and see if his work would stand impatient and clumsy fingers any better than hers.
At length, the blanket was slowly raised, and the scout stood in the aperture with a countenance whose firmness evidently began to give way before a mystery that seemed to threaten some danger, against which all his cunning and experience might prove of no avail.
It came extravagantly, for every canyon had grown into a torrent, every gulch a waterspout, every watercourse a river, and all pouring into the North Fork, that, rushing past the settlement, seemed to threaten it with lifted crest and flying mane.
With the customary infirmity of temper that characterizes this unhappy fowl, she appears by the fierceness of her beak and eye, and the general truculency of her attitude, to threaten mischief to the inoffensive community; and especially to warn all citizens careful of their safety against intruding on the premises which she overshadows with her wings.
First: In order to facilitate the fastening to it of an additional line from a neighboring boat, in case the stricken whale should sound so deep as to threaten to carry off the entire line originally attached to the harpoon.
There was a delegate of the butcher-helpers' union who came to see Jurgis to enroll him; and when Jurgis found that this meant that he would have to part with some of his money, he froze up directly, and the delegate, who was an Irishman and only knew a few words of Lithuanian, lost his temper and began to threaten him.
But I lay you ain't a-goin' to threaten nobody any more, Jim Turner.