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"threatening" in British English

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uk   us   /ˈθret.ən.ɪŋ/ /-nɪŋ-/
expressing a ​threat of something ​unpleasant or ​violent: threatening ​behaviour
adverb uk   us   /-li/
(Definition of threatening from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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 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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