menace Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary Cambridge dictionaries logo
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of “menace” in the English Dictionary

"menace" in British English

See all translations

menacenoun

uk   /ˈmen.ɪs/  us   /ˈmen.əs/
[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 ​annoying
demand money with menaces UK specialized
to ​demandmoney using ​threats: He was ​accused of ​unlawfullydemandingmoney with menaces.

menaceverb [T]

uk   /ˈmen.ɪs/  us   /ˈmen.əs/ formal
(Definition of menace from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"menace" in American English

See all translations

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

See all translations

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)
What is the pronunciation of menace?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

“menace” in British English

“menace” in American English

There, their and they’re – which one should you use?
There, their and they’re – which one should you use?
by ,
April 27, 2016
by Liz Walter If you are a learner of English and you are confused about the words there, their and they’re, let me reassure you: many, many people with English as their first language share your problem! You only have to take a look at the ‘comments’ sections on the website of, for example, a popular

Read More 

Word of the Day

planet

an extremely large, round mass of rock and metal, such as Earth, or of gas, such as Jupiter, that moves in a circular path around the sun or another star

Word of the Day

trigger warning noun
trigger warning noun
May 02, 2016
a warning that a subject may trigger unpleasant emotions or memories This is not, I should stress, an argument that trigger warnings should become commonplace on campus.

Read More