Synonyms of threaten in English:


See definition of threaten


1‘how dare you threaten me?’


menace, intimidate, browbeat, bully, cow, pressurize, lean on, terrorize, frighten, scare, alarm

make threats against, issue threats to, threaten to harm, threaten to kill

2‘the rise of nationalism could threaten the stability of Europe’


endanger, be a danger to, be a threat to, menace, imperil, put at risk, make vulnerable, expose to danger, put in jeopardy, jeopardize, drive a nail into the coffin of

archaic peril

3‘the air was raw and threatened rain’


warn of, be a warning of, give a warning of, promise, presage, augur, portend, foreshadow, prophesy, be an omen of

foretell, herald, bode, announce, be a harbinger of, be an indication of, indicate, point to

be a sign of, signal, signify, mean, spell, add up to, amount to, be evidence of

literary betoken, foretoken, forebode, harbinger

4‘as rain threatened, the party was moved indoors’


be likely, be likely to happen, be imminent, be at hand, be close at hand, be near, be close, be approaching, be on the horizon, be just around the corner, be brewing, be gathering, be looming, be coming, be coming soon, be coming up, be on the way, be expected, be anticipated, be in prospect, be in the wind, be in the air, be forthcoming, be impending

hang over someone

informal be on the cards