threaten

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threaten(
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (to menace)
a. amenazar
He threatened me with a knife.Me amenazó con un cuchillo.
2. (to put at risk)
a. amenazar
Many wild orchids are threatened with extinction.Muchas orquídeas silvestres se ven amenazadas de extinción.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
intransitive verb
3. (to show signs of)
a. amenazar
The sky was threatening rain.El cielo amenazaba lluvia.
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threaten
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (general)
a. amenazar
to threaten to do somethingamenazar con hacer algo
to threaten somebody with somethingamenazar a alguien con algo
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
intransitive verb
2. (general)
a. amenazar
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threaten [ˈθretn]
transitive verb
1 (menace verbally) amenazar
to threaten to do sth amenazar con hacer algo
he threatened to report her to the police
she threatened to kill him amenazó con matarlo; to threaten sb with sth amenazar a algn con algo; they were threatened with the sack los amenazaron con el despido; amenazaron con despedirlos
2 (pose a threat to) [+environment, community, way of life] amenazar
their whole culture is threatened by the Western way of life new housing developments threaten the very existence of these species Western values now threaten to end a way of life that is thousands of years old
some schools have been threatened with closure la amenaza de cierre se cierne sobre algunos colegios; to be threatened with extinction estar amenazado de extinción
3 (promise) [+rain, bad weather] amenazar
the clouds threatened rain those clouds threaten rain/bad weather
it's threatening to rain amenaza lluvia; amenaza (con) llover; it's threatening to turn into a full-scale war amenaza (con) convertirse en una guerra declarada
intransitive verb
[+sky, clouds] amenazar
overhead the clouds threatened ominously
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