- 1[countable, uncountable] threat (to do something) a statement in which you tell someone that you will punish or harm them, especially if they do not do what you want to make threats against someone She is prepared to carry out her threat to resign. He received death threats from right-wing groups. crimes involving violence or the threat of violence
- 2 [uncountable, countable, usually singular] the possibility of trouble, danger, or disaster These ancient woodlands are under threat from new housing developments. There is a real threat of war. The forecast is for rain with the threat of thunderstorms.
- 3[countable, usually singular] threat (to something) a person or thing that is likely to cause trouble, danger, etc. He is unlikely to be a threat to the Spanish player in the final. Drugs pose a major threat to our society.
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