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
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.
The collective had threatened attacks on theaters if the movie was not pulled.
Women like (gaming blogger Anita Sarkeesian) were threatened, doxxed, and driven from their homes.10 Things That Made Us Want to Turn Off the Internet Forever in 2014|The Daily Beast|December 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The king was touched in his chief interests; revenue and prerogative were threatened.In the South Seas|Robert Louis Stevenson
Some of the wretched men who were dragged before him he threatened with hanging unless they gave him most or all that they owned.Give Me Liberty|Thomas J. Wertenbaker
It was an instance of angry partisan legislation, which threatened trouble afterward and was useless at the time.Abraham Lincoln, Vol. II|John T. Morse
Bindlecombe clasped his hands nervously; he was acutely distressed—and not only for the threatened loss of his darling Institute.The Great Miss Driver|Anthony Hope
But obstacles clearly understood are half surmounted already, and "threatened people live long."The Delight Makers|Adolf Bandelier