threat

threat
W2S2 [θret] n
[: Old English;]
1.) [U and C]
a statement in which you tell someone that you will cause them harm or trouble if they do not do what you want
Your threats don't scare me.
threat of
the threat of military invasion
threat from
He says his family received phone threats from the group.
threats made against his wife and children
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.
2.) [C usually singular]
the possibility that something very bad will happen
threat of
the threat of famine
threat from
According to the Secretary of State, the Russians face no threat from an expanded NATO.
under threat
The area remains under threat from commercial developers.
be under threat of closure/attack etc
(=be likely to be closed, attacked etc)
The program is under threat of closure due to lack of funding.
3.) [C usually singular]
someone or something that is regarded as a possible danger
threat to
The fighting is a major threat to stability in the region.
present/pose a threat (to sb/sth)
Pollution poses a threat to fish.
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COLLOCATES for sense 1
make/issue a threat (against somebody)
carry out a threat (=do what you have threatened to do)
give in to a threat (=do what someone wants you to do because they threaten you)
empty/idle threat (=false threat)
veiled threat (=one that is not made directly)
death threat
bomb threat
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Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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  • threat — [ θret ] noun *** 1. ) count an occasion when someone says that they will cause you harm or problems, especially if you do not do what they tell you to do: threat of: After threats of legal action they stopped the construction. make/issue a… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • threat — n: an expression of an intention to injure another: menace (1) criminal laws against making terroristic threat s Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …   Law dictionary

  • threat´en|er — threat|en «THEHT uhn», transitive verb. 1. to make a threat against; say what will be done to hurt or punish: »to threaten a person with imprisonment. The farmer threatened to shoot any dog that killed one of his sheep. 2. Figurative. to give… …   Useful english dictionary

  • threat|en — «THEHT uhn», transitive verb. 1. to make a threat against; say what will be done to hurt or punish: »to threaten a person with imprisonment. The farmer threatened to shoot any dog that killed one of his sheep. 2. Figurative. to give warning of… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Threat — may refer to: *behaviour that emphasizes one s aggressive potential, see threat display *An act of coercion wherein a negative consequence is proposed to elicit response (in the case of an empty threat there is no real negative consequence).… …   Wikipedia

  • threat — threat·en; threat·en·er; threat·en·ing·ly; threat·ful; threat; threat·ful·ly; …   English syllables

  • Threat — Threat, v. t. & i. [OE. [thorn]reten, AS. [thorn]re[ a]tian. See {Threat}, n.] To threaten. [Obs. or Poetic] Shak. [1913 Webster] Of all his threating reck not a mite. Chaucer. [1913 Webster] Our dreaded admiral from far they threat. Dryden.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • threat — [thret] n. [ME threte < OE threat, a throng, painful pressure, akin to Ger (ver)driessen, to grieve, annoy < IE * treud , to push, press (prob. < base * ter , to rub) > L trudere, to THRUST] 1. an expression of intention to hurt,… …   English World dictionary

  • Threat — (thr[e^]t), n. [AS. [thorn]re[ a]t, akin to [=a][thorn]re[ o]tan to vex, G. verdriessen, OHG. irdriozan, Icel. [thorn]rj[=o]ta to fail, want, lack, Goth. us[thorn]riutan to vex, to trouble, Russ. trudite to impose a task, irritate, vex, L.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • threat — O.E. þreat crowd, troop, also oppression, menace, related to þreotan to trouble, weary, from P.Gmc. *threutanan (Cf. Ger. verdrießen to vex ), from PIE *trud push, press (Cf. L. trudere to press, thrust, O.C.S. trudu oppression, M.Ir …   Etymology dictionary

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