simple past tense and past participle of threat
To make a threat against someone; to use threats.
“He threatened me with a knife.”
To menace, or be dangerous.
“The rocks threatened the ship’s survival.”
To portend, or give a warning of.
“The black clouds threatened heavy rain.”
To be close to equaling or surpassing (a record, etc.)
state one’s intention to take hostile action against (someone) in retribution for something done or not done
“how dare you threaten me?”
“the men threatened staff with a handgun”
“‘I might sue for damages,’ he threatened”
state one’s intention to do (something undesirable) in retribution
“she forced a scene and Toby threatened to leave”
“the trade unions threatened a general strike”
cause (someone or something) to be vulnerable or at risk; endanger
“one of four London hospitals threatened with closure”
“a broken finger threatened his career”
seem likely to produce an unpleasant or unwelcome result
“the air was raw and threatened rain”
“the dispute threatened to spread to other cities”
(of something undesirable) seem likely to occur
“unless war threatened, national politics remained the focus of attention”