noun dan·ger \ˈdān-jər\

: the possibility that you will be hurt or killed

: the possibility that something unpleasant or bad will happen

: a person or thing that is likely to cause injury, pain, harm, or loss

Full Definition of DANGER

a archaic :  jurisdiction
b obsolete :  reach, range
obsolete :  harm, damage
:  exposure or liability to injury, pain, harm, or loss <a place where children could play without danger>
:  a case or cause of danger <the dangers of mining>

Examples of DANGER

  1. I was unaware of the danger that lay ahead.
  2. She was fearless in the face of danger.
  3. The sign on the door read Danger. Keep out.
  4. There's less danger that you'll lose your money if you have a wide variety of investments.
  5. There's a danger that your apology will be taken as a sign of weakness.
  6. The danger is that we'll become careless as the process becomes more familiar.
  7. It's important to teach your children about the dangers of smoking.
  8. Here is a list of possible dangers associated with the procedure.
  9. We believe it poses a serious danger to our national security.

Origin of DANGER

Middle English daunger, from Anglo-French dangier, dongier, from Vulgar Latin *dominiarium, from Latin dominium ownership
First Known Use: 13th century

Rhymes with DANGER



Definition of DANGER

transitive verb
:  endanger

First Known Use of DANGER

14th century
DANGER Defined for Kids


noun dan·ger \ˈdān-jər\

Definition of DANGER for Kids

:  the state of not being protected from harm or evil :  peril <With my cat around, the mice are in danger.>
:  something that may cause injury or harm <Astronauts brave the dangers of space travel.>

Synonym Discussion of DANGER

danger, hazard, and risk mean a chance of loss, injury, or death. danger is used for a harm that may or may not be avoided. <This animal is in danger of extinction.> hazard is usually used for a great danger. <They're trying to reduce the hazards of mining.> risk is used for a chance of danger that a person accepts. <There are risks that come with flying a plane.>


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