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 .

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