Threaten

  • 1 Threaten — Threat en, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Threatened}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Threatening}.] [OE. [thorn]retenen. See {Threat}, v. t.] 1. To utter threats against; to menace; to inspire with apprehension; to alarm, or attempt to alarm, as with the promise of… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 threaten — threaten, menace both mean to announce or forecast (as by word or look) an impending or probable infliction (as an evil or an injury). Threaten basically implies an attempt to dissuade or influence by promising punishment or the infliction of… …

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  • 3 threaten — [thret′ n] vt. [ME thretnen < OE threatnian] 1. a) to make threats against; express one s intention of hurting, punishing, etc. b) to express intention to inflict (punishment, reprisal, etc.) 2. a) to indicate the likely occurrence of… …

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  • 4 Threaten — Threat en, v. i. To use threats, or menaces; also, to have a threatening appearance. [1913 Webster] Though the seas threaten, they are merciful. Shak. [1913 Webster] [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 5 threaten — [v1] warn, pressure abuse, admonish, augur, blackmail, bluster, browbeat, bully, caution, comminate, cow, enforce, flex muscles*, forebode, forewarn, fulminate, growl, intimidate, look daggers*, make threat, menace, portend, presage, pressurize,… …

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  • 6 threaten — I verb admonish, augur, be near at hand, blackmail, bode, browbeat, coerce, comminari, comminate, forebode, foreshadow, forewarn, frighten, fulminate, hector, intimidate, menace, portend, presage, terrorize, use threats II index bait (harass),… …

    Law dictionary

  • 7 threaten — O.E. þreatnian (see THREAT (Cf. threat)). Related: Threatened. Threatening in the sense of portending no good is recorded from 1520s …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 8 threaten — ► VERB 1) make or express a threat to (someone) or to do (something). 2) put at risk; endanger. 3) (of a situation or the weather) seem likely to produce (an unwelcome result). DERIVATIVES threatening adjective …

    English terms dictionary

  • 9 threaten */*/*/ — UK [ˈθret(ə)n] / US verb Word forms threaten : present tense I/you/we/they threaten he/she/it threatens present participle threatening past tense threatened past participle threatened 1) a) [transitive] to tell someone that you might or you will… …

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  • 10 threaten — threat|en [ θretn ] verb *** 1. ) transitive to tell someone that you might or you will cause them harm, especially in order to make them do something: He s been threatening me for months. threaten to do something: The terrorists are threatening… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 11 threaten — / Tretn/ verb 1 (T) to say that you will cause someone pain, unhappiness, or trouble if they do not do what you want: threaten to do sth: Every time they quarrel, Jan threatens to leave. | threaten sb with sth: We were threatened with the sack if …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 12 threaten — v. 1) (D; tr.) to threaten with (to threaten smb. with reprisals) 2) (E) she threatened to resign * * * [ θretn] (E) she threatened to resign (D; tr.) to threaten with (to threaten smb. with reprisals) …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 13 threaten — threat|en W2S2 [ˈθretn] v 1.) [T] to say that you will cause someone harm or trouble if they do not do what you want ▪ Postal workers are threatening a strike if they don t receive a pay increase. threaten to do sth ▪ He threatened to take them… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 14 threaten — verb 1 warn sb that you may hurt, kill or punish them ADVERB ▪ publicly ▪ personally, physically ▪ He says he was physically threatened in an attempt to get him to sign over his rights. ▪ repeatedly …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 15 threaten — [[t]θre̱t(ə)n[/t]] ♦♦ threatens, threatening, threatened 1) VERB If a person threatens to do something unpleasant to you, or if they threaten you, they say or imply that they will do something unpleasant to you, especially if you do not do what… …

    English dictionary

  • 16 threaten — I (Roget s IV) v. 1. [To warn of punishment] Syn. intimidate, menace, caution, admonish, hold over, scare, torment, push around, browbeat, forewarn, bully, terrorize, abuse, bluster, fulminate, look daggers, thunder against, bulldoze*, draw a gun …

    English dictionary for students

  • 17 threaten — verb 1) how dare you threaten me? Syn: menace, intimidate, browbeat, bully, blackmail, terrorize; make/issue threats to 2) these events could threaten the stability of Europe Syn: endanger, be a danger to, be a threat to …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 18 threaten — verb 1) how dare you threaten me? Syn: menace, intimidate, browbeat, bully, terrorize 2) these events could threaten the stability of Europe Syn: endanger, jeopardize, imperil, put at risk 3) …

    Synonyms and antonyms dictionary

  • 19 threaten — threat•en [[t]ˈθrɛt n[/t]] 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[/ex] 3) to offer (a punishment, injury, etc.) by way of a threat: They threatened swift retaliation[/ex] 4) to …

    From formal English to slang

  • 20 threaten — threatener, n. /thret n/, v.t. 1. to utter a threat against; menace: He threatened the boy with a beating. 2. to be a menace or source of danger to: Sickness threatened her peace of mind. 3. to offer (a punishment, injury, etc.) by way of a… …

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