Definition Of threatens
state one's intention to take hostile action against someone in retribution for something done or not done.
the unions threatened a general strike
Example Of threatens
A dispute with Jordan which threatened to get messy had been resolved amicably, he said.
A distraught woman has called the station reporting that her partner is threatening her and we speed to the scene.
A trade war threatened and a giant global corporation was brought to its knees.
A year ago the inpatients ward was threatened with closure but was saved at the last minute when the doctors surgeries agreed to provide cover.
And now, just to make bad worse, another war was threatening .