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Meaning of THREATEN

Pronunciation:  'thretun

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  to utter intentions of injury or punishment against:"He threatened me when I tried to call the police"
  2. [v]  to be a menacing indication of something:"The clouds threaten rain"; "Danger threatens"
  3. [v]  pose a threat to; present a danger to; "The pollution is endangering the crops"

THREATEN is a 8 letter word that starts with T.


 Synonyms: endanger, imperil, jeopardise, jeopardize, menace, peril
 See Also: augur, auspicate, be, betoken, bode, exist, forecast, foreshadow, foretell, offer, omen, portend, predict, prefigure, presage, prognosticate, warn



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Threat"en\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Threatened}; p. pr. &
    vb. n. {Threatening}.] [OE. [thorn]retenen. See {Threat}, v.
    1. To utter threats against; to menace; to inspire with
       apprehension; to alarm, or attempt to alarm, as with the
       promise of something evil or disagreeable; to warn.
             Let us straitly threaten them, that they speak
             henceforth to no man in this name.    --Acts iv. 17.
    2. To exhibit the appearance of (something evil or
       unpleasant) as approaching; to indicate as impending; to
       announce the conditional infliction of; as, to threaten
       war; to threaten death. --Milton.
             The skies look grimly And threaten present blusters.
    Syn: To menace.
    Usage: {Threaten}, {Menace}. Threaten is Anglo-Saxon, and
           menace is Latin. As often happens, the former is the
           more familiar term; the latter is more employed in
           formal style. We are threatened with a drought; the
           country is menaced with war.
                 By turns put on the suppliant and the lord:
                 Threatened this moment, and the next implored.
                 Of the sharp ax Regardless, that o'er his
                 devoted head Hangs menacing.      --Somerville.
  2. \Threat"en\, v. i.
    To use threats, or menaces; also, to have a threatening
          Though the seas threaten, they are merciful. --Shak.
Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Dreaming that you threaten others indicates that you need to assert and stand up for yourself in your waking life. Dreaming that you are being threatened means that you have some internalized fear of inadequacy which needs to be addressed.