menace Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"menace" in British English

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menacenoun

uk   us   /ˈmen.ɪs/
[C usually singular] something that is ​likely to ​causeharm: Drunk ​drivers are a menace to everyone. Dogs ​runningloose are a public menace. the menace of ​industrialpollution [U] a ​dangerousquality that makes you ​think someone is going to do something ​bad: He had a ​slight air of menace which made me ​uneasy. He ​spoke with a ​hint of menace. [C] mainly UK informal a ​person, ​especially a ​child, who is very ​annoyingdemand money with menaces UK specialized to ​demandmoney using ​threats: He was ​accused of ​unlawfullydemandingmoney with menaces.

menaceverb [T]

uk   us   /ˈmen.ɪs/ formal
If someone or something menaces a ​person or thing, he, she, or it ​threatensseriously to ​harm it: Hurricane Hugo menaced the ​easterncoast for a ​week.
(Definition of menace from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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menacenoun [C/U]

 us   /ˈmen·əs/
danger, or someone or something that is ​likely to ​causeharm: [U] There was an ​air of ​controlled menace about him. [C] That ​boy is a menace to himself and his ​friends.
menace
verb [T]  us   /ˈmen·əs/
A ​hurricane menaced the ​eastcoastyesterday.
menacing
adjective  us   /ˈmen·ə·sɪŋ/
a menacing ​gesture
menacingly
adverb  us   /ˈmen·ə·sɪŋ·li/
She ​glared menacingly at him.
(Definition of menace from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"menace" in Business English

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menacenoun [C, usually singular]

uk   us   /ˈmenɪs/
something that is threatening and may cause ​harm: the menace of sth The ​world is still facing the menace of terrorism.a menace to society/the environment Plastic bags are a menace to ​marineenvironments because they don't ​break down quickly. Banks and ​creditcardfirms warned of a growing menace from ​identity thieves.
(Definition of menace from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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