According to Merriam-Webster, threaten has the following four meanings:

1: to utter threats against

2a: to give signs or warning of

2b: to hang over dangerously

3: to announce as intended or possible

4: to cause to feel insecure or anxious

There is one sentence:

The lecturer's monotonous delivery threatened to put us to sleep.

What does threaten mean in the above sentence?


A different dictionary gives better definitions here. It's always worth consulting more than one dictionary if the first is inconclusive.

[with object]

2 cause (someone or something) to be vulnerable or at risk; endanger:
    a broken finger threatened his career
    one of four London hospitals threatened with closure

        • [with infinitive] seem likely to produce an unpleasant or unwelcome result:
          the dispute threatened to spread to other cities

In threatening to put an audience to sleep, it's the "seem likely to produce an unpleasant or unwelcome result" meaning:

The lecturer's monotonous delivery seemed likely to produce the unwelcome result of putting us to sleep.


From your list

to give signs or warning of

Fits. It was so boring, that it gave signs that it could put the listeners asleep.

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