Meaning of THRESHOLD in English


thresh ‧ old /ˈθreʃhəʊld, -ʃəʊld $ -oʊld/ BrE AmE noun [countable]

[ Language: Old English ; Origin: threscwald ]

1 . the entrance to a room or building, or the area of floor or ground at the entrance:

She opened the door and stepped across the threshold.

2 . the level at which something starts to happen or have an effect:

Eighty percent of the vote was the threshold for approval of the plan.

a high/low pain/boredom etc threshold (=the ability or inability to suffer a lot of pain or boredom before you react to it)

3 . at the beginning of a new and important event or development SYN brink

be on the threshold of something

The creature is on the threshold of extinction.

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COLLOCATIONS (for Meaning 2)

■ ADJECTIVES/NOUN + threshold

▪ sb’s pain threshold (=your ability or inability to deal with pain)

‘Will it hurt?’ ‘That all depends on your pain threshold.’

▪ sb’s boredom threshold (=whether you do or do not get bored easily)

She loves challenges and admits she has a low boredom threshold.

▪ a tax threshold

The Conservatives promised to help the lower paid by increasing the tax threshold.

▪ a high threshold

Professional football players have a pretty high pain threshold.

▪ a low threshold

I know that young children have very low boredom threshold.

■ verbs

▪ exceed a threshold

The value of many family homes far exceeds the inheritance tax threshold.

▪ lower a threshold

the demand to lower the retirement threshold to 60

▪ raise a threshold

They should raise the threshold to at least £245 a week.

▪ cross the threshold

Such a person has sufficiently crossed the threshold of criminality to justify punishment.

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.