/ Wretn; `WrZtn/ v
[Tn, Tn.pr] ~ sb (with sth) make a threat or threats against sb; try to influence sb by threats 恐吓或威胁某人: threaten an employee with dismissal 以开除要挟雇员 * My attacker threatened me with a gun. 攻击我的人用枪威胁我.
[Tn, Tt] use (sth) as a threat 用(某事)相要挟: He threatened legal action. 他以起诉相要挟. * The hijackers threatened to kill all the passengers if their demands were not met. 劫机者扬言若不满足他们的要求, 就把乘客都杀死.
(a) [It, Tn] give warning of (sth) 预示(某事): It keeps threatening to snow, ie Snow seems likely all the time. 天总像是要下雪. * The clouds threatened rain. 有乌云预示要下雨. (b) [I, It] seem likely to occur or to do sth undesirable 似将发生; 似将做出令人不快的事: under a threatening sky 在阴沉的天空下 * If a gale threatens, do not go to sea. 假若要起风, 就不要出海. * a mistake that threatens to be costly 可能造成重大损失的错误.
[Tn] be a threat to (sb/sth) 对(某人[某事])构成威胁: the dangers that threaten us 威胁着我们的种种危险 * a species threatened by/with extinction 有灭绝之虞的物种.> threateningly adv: The dog growled at me threateningly.那条狗对着我狂吠, 很吓人.