dan·​ger | \ ˈdān-jər How to pronounce danger (audio) \

Definition of danger

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1 : exposure or liability to injury, pain, harm, or loss a place where children could play without danger was assured her job was not in danger
2 : a case or cause of danger the dangers of mining
3a archaic : jurisdiction You stand within his danger, do you not?— Shakespeare
b obsolete : reach, range … out of the shot and danger of desire.— Shakespeare
4 obsolete : harm, damage … a sting in him that at his will he may do danger with.— Shakespeare


dangered; dangering; dangers

Definition of danger (Entry 2 of 2)

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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.

Examples of danger in a Sentence

Noun I was unaware of the danger that lay ahead. She was fearless in the face of danger. The sign on the door read “Danger. Keep out.” There's less danger that you'll lose your money if you have a wide variety of investments. There's a danger that your apology will be taken as a sign of weakness. The danger is that we'll become careless as the process becomes more familiar. It's important to teach your children about the dangers of smoking. Here is a list of possible dangers associated with the procedure. We believe it poses a serious danger to our national security.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Speaking to about 250 Oregonians during a crowded town hall at Tigard High School, Wyden was circumspect about the danger of war. oregonlive, "Sen. Ron Wyden calls for vigorous congressional oversight amid escalating conflict with Iran," 6 Jan. 2020 That doesn’t mean all of the dangers have dissipated. Sharon Kelly, Cincinnati.com, "What the petrochemical buildout along the Ohio River means for regional communities and beyond," 6 Jan. 2020 So that’s where one of the dangers is in not educating yourself and your LGBTQ child about their sexuality and what positive sexuality is for them. Time, "She Spent 2 Years Interviewing Young Men About Sex, Consent and Abuse. Here's Why She's Optimistic After #MeToo," 6 Jan. 2020 Nicole Sperling Most Popular Cause: Climate Change The Australian bush fires seemed to be as popular a speech theme as agents, with actors around the room reminding us about the impending dangers of climate change. New York Times, "The Best and the Worst of the Golden Globes," 6 Jan. 2020 In the four years since her sons' deaths, Becky has started the 525 Foundation, spreading awareness of the dangers of prescription drugs, the importance of disposing of unneeded medication and sharing her story with groups across the country. Holly V. Hays, Indianapolis Star, "10 IndyStar stories of loss, love, hope and redemption that made us feel things in 2019," 31 Dec. 2019 And in 2018, comedian Jordan Peele voiced a deepfake of Barack Obama as a public service announcement about the dangers of such material. Todd Spangler, Detroit Free Press, "What will U.S. do to combat deepfakes? Michigan members of Congress want to know," 24 Dec. 2019 The Massachusetts senator has been sounding the alarm about the dangers of concentration throughout the economy for years, including in old-school sectors like agriculture and insurance. Gilad Edelman, Wired, "A Very WIRED Guide to Candidates in the Democratic Debate," 19 Dec. 2019 Fortune Chinese Debt Moody’s has followed Fitch in warning about the danger of Chinese corporate debt. David Meyer, Fortune, "Long Live Brexit Uncertainty," 17 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb But the proximity to danger in Taesung is mixed with an odd sense of security. Motoko Rich, New York Times, "As North Korea Tensions Rise, Farming in the Demilitarized Zone Goes On," 20 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of danger


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3a


14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for danger

Noun and Verb

Middle English daunger, from Anglo-French dangier, dongier, from Vulgar Latin *dominiarium, from Latin dominium ownership

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The first known use of danger was in the 13th century

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13 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Danger.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/danger. Accessed 26 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of danger

: 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


dan·​ger | \ ˈdān-jər How to pronounce danger (audio) \

Kids Definition of danger

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

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