American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Ecology At risk of becoming endangered. Used of a plant or an animal.
- v. Simple past tense and past participle of threaten.
- adj. ecology, of a plant or animal At risk of becoming endangered in the near future.
- adj. Feeling insecure or vulnerable.
- adj. (of flora or fauna) likely in the near future to become endangered
“Threatened abortion The term threatened abortion is used when a pregnancy is complicated by vaginal bleeding before the 20th week.”
“China to co-operate with her in readjusting what she described as the threatened balance.”
“What could the word "threatened" possibly encompass?”
“That's what happened to OK Go when the group produced its own film clip after its label threatened to let them go.”
“I've heard from others that Mike Griffin threatened Lockheed if they created a manned Atlas V for Bigelow.”
“But they quit after the captain threatened to dock the boat.”
“See that you do it, then," the captain threatened him.”
“Fox has promised — maybe threatened is a better word — it will promote the game more heavily than any regular-season game in its history.”
“Our tendency, when threatened, is to categorize and generalize.”
“When he came back to the house at the end of the day, his father again threatened to throw the coin into the well but, this time, the son dropped to his knees and begged his father not to do it, telling him how hot, thirsty and exhausted he was, and what heavy work he had to do just to get that coin.”
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