1 pose a threat to; present a danger to; "The pollution is endangering the crops" [syn: endanger, jeopardize, jeopardise, menace, imperil, peril]
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"
EtymologyOld English þrēatian
- a UK /ˈθret.ən/
To make a threat against someone; to use threats
To menace, or be dangerous
To portend, or give a warning
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