verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
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Origin of threaten
OTHER WORDS FROM threatenthreat·en·er, nounoutthreaten, verb (used with object)pre·threat·en, verb (used with object)re·threat·en, verb
Example sentences from the Web for threaten
The program would steal Tesla’s files and threaten to release the data unless an enormous ransom was paid.
State authorities did not say Blake threatened anyone with a knife.
At least 330 structures have been destroyed in the CZU Lightning Complex fire, with thousands more threatened.
Northern California is fighting off a a series wildfires that have scorched 771,000 acres and continue to threaten parts of the state.Photos of California’s fires reveal massive destruction across the state|Danielle Abril|August 21, 2020|Fortune
Speaking of those impacted by the coronavirus …We hosted a virtual town hall Wednesday to discuss what the fall will look like for students and how new private options threaten to exacerbate the achievement gaps that already exist.Morning Report: Why COVID-19 Has Hit Latinos So Hard|Voice of San Diego|August 13, 2020|Voice of San Diego
When the man threatened to report him for harassment to the NOPD, Farrell arrested him.
We see the Southern segregationists who threatened his life and that of his family on an almost daily basis.Dr. King Goes to Hollywood: The Flawed History of ‘Selma’|Gary May|January 2, 2015|DAILY BEAST
More recently, Boko Haram shocked the world by kidnapping 276 female students and threatened to traffic them.ISIS, Boko Haram, and the Growing Role of Human Trafficking in 21st Century Terrorism|Louise I. Shelley|December 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
To give the truth its rights, you have to see that groups like TMOC were threatened by peaceful protest.
“Firestorms Will Rain on the Headquarters of War,” the title threatened.Inside the ‘Surprisingly Great’ North Korean Hacker Hotel|Michael Daly|December 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The latter trod on the toes of the former, whereupon the former threatened to "kick out of the cabin" the latter.
It was no surprise since he had been threatened with such for many months, he regarded it therefore as unavoidable.The Homesteader|Oscar Micheaux
The fact that her fortune was vaguely threatened did not cause her anxiety: she scarcely realized it.Hilda Lessways|Arnold Bennett
Lawrence and Dan were told of the danger that threatened Fulton, and they determined to accompany Guitar in his expedition.The Courier of the Ozarks|Byron A. Dunn
He was threatened with erysipelas, and there was a rather critical inflammation of the left eye.Checkmate|Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu