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English definition of “threatening”

threatening

adjective  /ˈθret·ən·ɪŋ/ us  

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 phone calls after her appearance on television.
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