verb (used with object)
to utter a threat against; menace: He threatened the boy with a beating.
to be a menace or source of danger to: Sickness threatened her peace of mind.
to offer (a punishment, injury, etc.) by way of a threat: They threatened swift retaliation.
to give an ominous indication of: The clouds threaten rain.
verb (used without object)
to utter or use threats.
to indicate impending evil or mischief.

before 1000; Middle English thretnen, Old English thrēatnian, derivative of thrēat pressure, oppression. See threat, -en1

threatener, noun
outthreaten, verb (used with object)
prethreaten, verb (used with object)
rethreaten, verb

2. endanger.

2. protect, defend. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To threaten
World English Dictionary
threaten (ˈθrɛtən)
1.  (tr) to be a threat to
2.  to be a menacing indication of (something); portend: dark clouds threatened rain
3.  (when tr, may take a clause as object) to express a threat to (a person or people)

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Example sentences
Weight training is crucial, of course, but never so much as to threaten injury.
Yet, huge global risks threaten to impede the pace of innovation.
Opponents of the industry claim cod farming will add to coastal pollution and
  further threaten salmon and sea trout populations.
When temperatures threaten to dip below zero, bring the container into the
  garage or wrap it in a frost blanket.
Copyright © 2014, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature