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Definition of Threaten


  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.
  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.
  3. To use threats, or menaces; also, to have a threatening appearance.

Threaten Quotations

China is certainly an important player in the global economy, and a widespread AIDS epidemic would threaten that growth.
Bill Gates

The only foes that threaten America are the enemies at home, and these are ignorance, superstition and incompetence.
Elbert Hubbard

Most children threaten at times to run away from home. This is the only thing that keeps some parents going.
Phyllis Diller

In the absence of sound oversight,responsible businesses are forced to compete against unscrupulous and underhanded businesses, who are unencumbered by any restrictions on activities that might harm the environment, or take advantage of middle-class families, or threaten to bring down the entire financial system.
Barack Obama

Things can fall apart, or threaten to, for many reasons, and then there's got to be a leap of faith. Ultimately, when you're at the edge, you have to go forward or backward; if you go forward, you have to jump together.
Yo-Yo Ma
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Threaten Translations

threaten in Afrikaans is bedreig
threaten in Danish is true
threaten in Dutch is dreigen, bedreigen
threaten in Finnish is uhata
threaten in German is bedrohe, bedrohen, bedrohen
threaten in Italian is minacciare
threaten in Latin is impendeo, immineo
threaten in Portuguese is ameace
threaten in Spanish is amenazar
threaten in Swedish is hota

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