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English definition of “threat”

threat

noun [C]     /θret/
B2 a suggestion that something unpleasant or violent will happen, especially if a particular action or order is not followed: [+ to infinitive] She carried out her threat to throw away any clothes that were left on the floor. The threat of jail failed to deter him from petty crime. Drunken drivers pose a serious threat (= cause a lot of harm) to other road users. He says he'll tell the authorities but it's just an empty threat (= it will not happen).Dangers and threats be under threat of sth to be in a situation where people are threatening you with something bad or unpleasant: She left the country under threat of arrest if she returned.Unsafe and insecure
(Definition of threat noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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