Threatens vs Threatened - What's the difference?

threatens | threatened |

As verbs the difference between threatens and threatened

is that threatens is (threaten) while threatened is (threaten).

As an adjective threatened is

(ecology|of a plant or animal) at risk of becoming endangered in the near future.




  • (threaten)

  • threaten



    (en verb)
  • To make a threat against someone; to use threats.
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  • , title= , chapter=2 citation , passage=No one, however, would have anything to do with him, as Mr. Keeson's orders in those respects were very strict ; he had often threatened any one of his employés with instant dismissal if he found him in company with one of these touts.}}
    He threatened me with a knife.
  • To menace, or be dangerous.
  • The rocks threatened the ship's survival.
  • To portend, or give a warning of.
  • The black clouds threatened heavy rain.

    Usage notes

    * This is a catenative verb that takes the to infinitive . See




  • (threaten)
  • Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • (ecology, of a plant or animal) At risk of becoming endangered in the near future.
  • Feeling insecure or vulnerable.