verb im·per·il \im-ˈper-əl, -ˈpe-rəl\

: to put (something or someone) in a dangerous situation

im·per·iled or im·per·illedim·per·il·ing or im·per·il·ling

Full Definition of IMPERIL

transitive verb
:  to bring into peril :  endanger
im·per·il·ment \-mənt\ noun

Examples of IMPERIL

  1. The toxic fumes imperiled the lives of the trapped miners.
  2. The financial health of the company was imperiled by a string of bad investments.
  3. a list of imperiled species

First Known Use of IMPERIL

15th century


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