Bedeutung von “threaten” — Learner’s Dictionary

threaten

verb us uk /ˈθretən/
They have threatened to retaliate against any troops that attack.The boss finally gave way when they threatened to stop work.He has threatened to withdraw his support.The bank is threatening to start legal proceedings against him.He drew a knife and started threatening me.
HARM [ T ]

B2 to tell someone that you will kill or hurt them, or cause problems for them if they do not do what you want:

He threatened / the staff with a gun and demanded money.
[ + to do sth ] He threatened to report her to the police.
DAMAGE [ T ]

to be likely to cause harm or damage to something or someone:

His knee problem is threatening his cycling career.
HAPPEN [ I ]

If something bad threatens to happen, it is likely to happen:

threatening adjective

threatening behaviour
threateningly adverb

(Definition von “threaten” aus dem Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)