Definition of “threatening” - English Dictionary

“threatening” in British English

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threateningadjective

uk /ˈθret.ən.ɪŋ/ /ˈθret.nɪŋ/ us /ˈθret.ən.ɪŋ/ /ˈθret.nɪŋ/

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

“threatening” in American English

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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 phone calls after her appearance on television.

(Definition of “threatening” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)