[ UK /θɹˈɛtən/ ]
[ US /ˈθɹɛtən/ ]
  1. to be a menacing indication of something
    Danger threatens
    The clouds threaten rain
  2. pose a threat to; present a danger to
    The pollution is endangering the crops
  3. to utter intentions of injury or punishment against
    He threatened me when I tried to call the police
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How To Use threaten In A Sentence

  • The man was taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries - a deep wound to his side had punctured a lung.
  • The conflict threatens to spill over into neighbouring regions.
  • People are becoming more sensitized to the dangers threatening the environment.
  • The threatened uniform typically consists of a khaki military tunic with trousers, though in Scottish regiments the trousers are usually tartan or replaced by a kilt.
  • For an uncritical mentalist, no such indeterminacy threatens.
  • She said two of the remaining three, unsighted threatened species had not been spotted since 1965 while the other had gone undetected since 1891.
  • You've also threatened, or you've also mentioned that my relationship threatens my country and again I find that such a huge leap of illogic.
  • Too much sodium makes the body excrete calcium, threatening bone density and strength.
  • Now the agitation in the country and the violent disorder it threatened could be directed against the Government.
  • In its favour, there is some genuine tension in the car chase sequences, and the marauding gangs of children seem not only authentic but realistically threatening.
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