threat

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Singular
threat

Plural
threats

  1. (countable) A threat is something or someone that might be bad or dangerous, or cause a problem.
    The product posed a serious health threat and should not be used.
    She sensed the threat of rain in the bleary sky.
    There appears to be a credible terrorist threat against the plane.
    Iraq poses no imminent and direct threat to the United States.
    I looked about to make sure there were no immediate threats to my life.
    Countries that face no serious external military threats should have no military forces.
    Canadian social policies are not widely perceived to be under threat.
    Increasing water shortages constitute the single greatest threat to the area.
    Unemployed workers could become a threat to social stability.
    We have a responsibility to alert the public to the potential health threat.
    The government no long sees him as a security threat.
    We must confront this threat sooner rather than later.
  2. (countable) A threat is the words somebody uses to tell you they will do something bad to you unless you do what they want you to.
    He made a lot of threats, but he didn't do anything.

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