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 indicate impending evil or mischief.
Origin: before 1000; Middle English thretnen, Old English thrēatnian, Related forms
derivative of thrēat
pressure, oppression. See threat
outthreaten, verb (used with object)
prethreaten, verb (used with object)
2. protect, defend.