Meaning of threaten in English
EtymologyOld English thrēatnian ‘urge or induce, especially by using threats’, from thrēat (see threat)
Definitions1. pose a threat to
- « present a danger to »
- « The pollution is endangering the crops »
- 2. to utter intentions of injury or punishment against:"He threatened me when I tried to call the police"
- 3. to be a menacing indication of something:"The clouds threaten rain"
- « Danger threatens »
- « Don't threaten me with love, baby. Let's just go walking in the rain. » Billie Holiday
- « My attitude to peace is rather based on the Burmese definition of peace - it really means removing all the negative factors that destroy peace in this world. So peace does not mean just putting an end to violence or to war, but to all other factors that threaten peace, such as discrimination, such as inequality, poverty. » Aung San Suu Kyi
- « Chemistry itself knows altogether too well that - given the real fear that the scarcity of global resources and energy might threaten the unity of mankind - chemistry is in a position to make a contribution towards securing a true peace on earth. » Kenichi Fukui
- « Not longer loved or fostered by religion, beauty is lifted from its face as a mask, and its absence exposes features on that face which threaten to become incomprehensible to man. » Hans Urs von Balthasar
- « When you're young, you don't think very far ahead. You just think in terms of the next day, the next week, the next competition. You don't think about injuries that could threaten your long-term health. » Katarina Witt