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Meaning of “threatening” in the English Dictionary

(Definition of threatening from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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threateningadjective

 us   /ˈθret·ən·ɪŋ/
  • threatening adjective (EXPRESSING POSSIBILITY)

expressing the ​possibility that something ​unwanted or ​unpleasant will ​happen: Threatening skies ​meant a ​storm was coming.
  • threatening adjective (EXPRESSING THREAT)

expressing a ​threat that someone will be ​hurt or harmed: She ​received several threatening ​phonecalls after her ​appearance on ​television.
(Definition of threatening from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “threatening”
in Chinese (Simplified) 威胁(性)的,恐吓(性)的…
in Chinese (Traditional) 威脅(性)的,恐嚇(性)的…
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