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Definitions of threaten

  1. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  2. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. To utter evil intentions against; be dangerous to; menace; foretell (evil). The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  4. To utter menaces or threats against; be ominous or portentous of. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  5. To use threats, or menaces; also, to have a threatening appearance. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. To utter menaces; give notice of coming evil or danger. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  7. pose a threat to; present a danger to; "The pollution is endangering the crops" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. to utter intentions of injury or punishment against:"He threatened me when I tried to call the police" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  9. to be a menacing indication of something:"The clouds threaten rain"; "Danger threatens" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  10. To employ threats; have a menacing aspect. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  11. To menace, or announce an intention to punish or to harm; to attempt to terrify with threats; to charge with threats; to charge strictly; to exhibit the appearance of something unpleasant approaching. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  12. To announce openly the purpose of inflicting punishment or injury on another; to attempt to terrify by threats or menaces; to present the appearance of coming evil; to exhibit the appearance of some coming danger or evil. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

Usage examples for threaten

  1. I'll advise 'em and you threaten 'em. – All-Wool Morrison by Holman Day
  2. And I'm thinking that no foe will ever threaten any of the nations that fought against the Hun that does no threaten them a'! – Between You and Me by Sir Harry Lauder
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