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

Definition of danger

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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)

Synonyms & Antonyms for danger

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Noun

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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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Another danger is the Russians spotting the snipers and shelling them. Sudarsan Raghavan, Anchorage Daily News, 21 May 2022 Another danger is the Russians spotting the snipers and shelling them. Sudarsan Raghavan, Washington Post, 21 May 2022 Of all the types of damage wrought by climate change — hurricanes, floods and fires — Stone believes the danger posed by heat waves is the most underestimated. Irina Ivanova, CBS News, 20 May 2022 Still, the danger is that attacks like Scorpion that smear the entire quantum enterprise may spook investors. Arthur Herman, Forbes, 19 May 2022 The danger is that these bills will now come due, big time. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 18 May 2022 The danger is real, and with few answers, those following along are coming up with their own conclusions like the law enforcement officials on a fugitive's tail. Scottie Andrew, CNN, 7 May 2022 In the current environment, the real danger is too little majority rule rather than too much of it. John Cassidy, The New Yorker, 3 May 2022 Another danger is that Putin might be willing to offer discounts to countries in exchange for political backing on the international stage. Christiaan Hetzner, Fortune, 2 May 2022 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, 20 Apr. 2017 See More

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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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25 May 2022

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“Danger.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/danger. Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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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.

Choose the Right Synonym for 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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