US: /ˈθɹɛtən/
UK: /θɹˈɛtən/

English Vietnamese dictionary

threaten /'θretn/
  • động từ
    • doạ, đe doạ, hăm doạ ((nghĩa đen) & (nghĩa bóng))
      • it threatens to rain: có cơn mưa đang đe doạ

Advanced English dictionary

+ verb
1 ~ sb (with sth) to say that you will cause trouble, hurt sb, etc. if you do not get what you want: [VN] They broke my windows and threatened me. + The attacker threatened them with a gun. + He was threatened with dismissal if he continued to turn up late for work. + The threatened strike has been called off. + [V to inf] The hijackers threatened to kill one passenger every hour if their demands were not met. [also V that]
2 to seem likely to happen or cause sth unpleasant: [V] A storm was threatening. + When war threatens, people act irrationally. + [V to inf] This dispute threatens to split the party. + [VN] The clouds threatened rain.
3 [VN] to be a danger to sth: Pollution along the coastline is threatening marine life.

Thesaurus dictionary

1 intimidate, menace, terrorize, daunt, cow, bully, browbeat, warn, caution:
The headmaster threatened those who misbehaved with the most dire punishment.
2 imperil, put at risk, endanger, jeopardize, put in jeopardy:
All life is threatened if the environment is not better looked after.
3 impend, loom; augur, portend, presage, forebode:
The creatures crawl into their burrows if danger threatens. The gathering clouds threatened rain.

Collocation dictionary

1 warn sb that you may hurt, kill or punish them


publicly | personally, physically
He says he was physically threatened in an attempt to get him to sign over his rights.
| repeatedly
She had repeatedly threatened to commit suicide.
| allegedly, reportedly


She threatened him with a gun.


feel threatened
I never felt threatened by him.

2 be likely to harm/destroy sth


gravely, seriously, severely
social unrest which seriously threatens the stability of the whole area
| increasingly | directly | constantly, continually
Our marriage was constantly threatened by his other women.


could | appear to, seem to


be threatened with sth
Many species are now threatened with extinction.

Concise English dictionary

+pose a threat to; present a danger to
+to utter intentions of injury or punishment against:"He threatened me when I tried to call the police"
+to be a menacing indication of something:"The clouds threaten rain"