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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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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun That there was that kind of threat -- mortal danger. Frank E. Lockwood, Arkansas Online, "Boozman says he will vote to acquit Trump," 12 Feb. 2021 It's set in a place of astonishing beauty and ruggedness, with danger around every corner in a remote old-growth forest. Val Cunningham Special To The Star Tribune, Star Tribune, "A Minneapolis author's search for rare 'ice owls' is a page turner," 9 Feb. 2021 The area was under a high danger warning for avalanches when authorities were called to the Mill Creek Canyon area outside Salt Lake City, said Sgt. NBC News, "Four skiers dead, four injured in Utah avalanche," 7 Feb. 2021 Sweet cherry trees may be pruned in August when there’s less danger of bacterial infection. oregonlive, "Ask an expert: Sweet cherry tree should be pruned in August. Specialist shares tips," 7 Feb. 2021 That danger is borne overwhelmingly by people of color. Morgan Phillips, Fox News, "Cuomo changes course, allows elderly inmates to receive coronavirus vaccine," 7 Feb. 2021 Then, when Bitcoin surged seven-fold from the depths of year-end 2018 to the close of 2020, the BEI was once again signaling no danger from fast-rising prices, finishing at the same 2%. Shawn Tully, Fortune, "Confessions of a Bitcoin believer: One former miner’s journey from zealot to skeptic," 7 Feb. 2021 Opponents say the mine poses grave danger to Apache religious rights and groundwater supplies for much of Central Arizona. Debra Utacia Krol, The Arizona Republic, "Emotional court hearing follows vigil by Oak Flat supporters who oppose copper mine," 5 Feb. 2021 With Pavelski’s finishing ability, combined with Radulov’s forechecking and possession game, the duo forms a danger in the offensive zone. Matthew Defranks, Dallas News, "How Jamie Benn has unlocked new levels of scoring efficiency on Stars’ most productive line," 5 Feb. 2021 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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18 Feb 2021

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“Danger.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/danger. Accessed 27 Feb. 2021.

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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.

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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