danger

noun
dan·ger | \ ˈdān-jər \

Definition of danger 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a archaic : jurisdiction You stand within his danger, do you not? —Shakespeare

b obsolete : reach, range … out of the shot and danger of desire. —Shakespeare

2 obsolete : harm, damage … a sting in him that at his will he may do danger with. —Shakespeare

3 : 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

4 : a case or cause of danger the dangers of mining

danger

verb

Definition of danger (Entry 2 of 2)

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Synonyms & Antonyms for danger

Synonyms: Noun

distress, endangerment, harm's way, imperilment, jeopardy, peril, risk, trouble

Antonyms: Noun

safeness, safety, secureness, security

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Noun

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

The dangers of formaldehyde have long been known Formaldehyde is a colorless gas that’s used to make building materials like particleboard, plywood, and fiberboard — so it’s found in our houses and furniture. Julia Belluz, Vox, "Formaldehyde causes cancer. The EPA doesn’t want to acknowledge it.," 6 July 2018 Some have called the thread an invasion of privacy, citing the dangers of publicly posting information about people on the internet. Emma Stefansky, Vanities, "Not Everyone Thinks That Viral Airplane Matchmaker Thread Is Cute," 5 July 2018 That same year, a Dallas fire commander sent Stan Wilson and his crew into an unoccupied building that was in danger of collapsing. Mike Hendricks, kansascity, "Firefighters protect us. Who protects them?," 13 July 2018 Hitting the production goals laid out by CEO Elon Musk was key because without a steady flow of new Model 3s, Tesla was in danger of exhausting its dwindling cash supply and entering a financial crisis. Sean O'kane, The Verge, "Tesla will be the first automaker to lose the federal tax credit for electric cars," 12 July 2018 Stars in danger of being scorched included Paul Newman, Steve McQueen, Faye Dunaway, Fred Astaire (the role brought him his sole Oscar nomination) and, in an early film appearance, O.J. Simpson. Bill Higgins, The Hollywood Reporter, "Hollywood Flashback: The Biggest Stars Battled a 'Towering Inferno' in 1974," 12 July 2018 Multimillion-dollar projects are in danger of being postponed or canceled. Deon Roberts, Jim Morrill And Hannah Lang, charlotteobserver, "From breweries to the farm, Trump tariff war produces winners and losers in Charlotte," 12 July 2018 What if Offred is in danger of having her tongue cut out like Ofglen II/Lillie Fuller? Elisabeth Moss can carry episodes on face acting alone, but please don’t force her to. Rena Gross, Billboard, "'The Handmaid's Tale': Season 2, Episode 13 Recap: 19 Startling Moments in 'The Word'," 11 July 2018 His greatest work, of course, was Paradise Lost—about the Garden of Eden, the ultimate story of human exposure to danger. Franklin Foer, The Atlantic, "The Death of the Public Square," 6 July 2018

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

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for danger

Noun

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

Verb

see danger entry 1

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danger

noun

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

danger

noun
dan·ger | \ ˈdān-jər \

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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