Threat - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |θret|  American pronunciation of the word threat
Brit.  |θrɛt|  British pronunciation of the word threat

noun

- something that is a source of danger(syn: menace)

earthquakes are a constant threat in Japan

- a warning that something unpleasant is imminent

they were under threat of arrest

- declaration of an intention or a determination to inflict harm on another

his threat to kill me was quite explicit

- a person who inspires fear or dread (syn: scourge, terror)

Examples

He was willing to use violence and threats to get what he wanted.

She ignored their threats and continued to do what she felt was right.

She carried out her threat to resign.

There is a threat of rain.

Your threats don't scare me.

He says his family received phone threats from the group.

Nichols never carried out his threat to resign.

The government will not give in to terrorist threats.

She dismissed the statement as an empty threat.

They warned him with veiled threats not to mention anything he had witnessed.

The police are investigating death threats made against the two men.

Officials at the school say they received a bomb threat at approximately 11:30 a.m. today.

According to the Secretary of State, the Russians face no threat from an expanded NATO.

The area remains under threat from commercial developers.

The program is under threat of closure due to lack of funding.

Word forms

noun
singular: threat
plural: threats
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