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dan·​ger ˈdān-jər How to pronounce danger (audio)
: 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
: a case or cause of danger
the dangers of mining
archaic : jurisdiction
You stand within his danger, do you not?Shakespeare
obsolete : reach, range
… out of the shot and danger of desire.Shakespeare
obsolete : harm, damage
… a sting in him that at his will he may do danger with.Shakespeare


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dangered; dangering; dangers

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
The letter included the latest, and perhaps the most visceral, in a recent wave of warnings issued in courtrooms about the dangers lurking in the 2024 presidential election cycle. Scott MacFarlane, CBS News, 26 Nov. 2023 That enemy may not be real, but the danger of those lies is. Anita Chabria, Los Angeles Times, 24 Nov. 2023 The arguments here have to do with how history repeats itself and the dangers of making homes into tradable commodities. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, 24 Nov. 2023 This is a departure from the standard time-travel nostrum that any change to the past runs the danger of making things immeasurably worse in the future. Jennifer Ouellette and Sean M. Carroll, Ars Technica, 24 Nov. 2023 But it’s also obscured the dangers of centralizing power and subjecting it to leaders’ personal whims. Drew Harwell, Washington Post, 23 Nov. 2023 With that much friction, there’s probably no current danger to ATK’s YouTube strategy. Allison Johnson, The Verge, 22 Nov. 2023 But there was the realization that there were people finding the content to be believable and potentially putting themselves in imminent harm or danger as a result. Lauren Goode, WIRED, 20 Nov. 2023 That encompassed the dangers too, says Messerschmidt, noting that racers of that era had no seatbelts – not because Ferrari hadn’t thought of driver safety but because getting thrown from a car was the driver’s best chance at surviving a crash. Will Tizard, Variety, 20 Nov. 2023
Thankfully, her mother survived, but Cardenas-Haro questioned the decision not to activate sirens that might have alerted people to danger earlier. Kerry Breen, CBS News, 17 Aug. 2023 Trackside devices known as hot bearing detectors are designed to scan a passing train and alert crews to danger. Luz Lazo and Ian Duncan, BostonGlobe.com, 23 June 2023 Up to that point, being close enough to danger to report on it with accuracy had become a way of life. Mark Guarino, ABC News, 15 Mar. 2023 Our heads are great with facts and logic, our hearts speak our desires, and our gut senses danger. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 5 May 2023 On or off the clock, the first responders of 9-1-1 are no strangers to danger. Patrick Gomez, EW.com, 17 Mar. 2023 What starts as an innocuous activity often spirals into disruption and sometimes danger as new groups of people continually trying to outdo prior participants. Adario Strange, Quartz, 5 July 2022 Some scientists say such behavior is not always playfulness and can instead be an attempt to alert others to danger. From Usa Today Network and Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 30 Sep. 2021 Most warning systems use audible cues to alert people to danger. Madalyn Amato, Los Angeles Times, 1 Sep. 2021 See More

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Word History


Noun and Verb

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

First Known Use


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


14th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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Cite this Entry

“Danger.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/danger. Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


: the state of not being protected from injury, harm, or evil
: something that may cause injury or harm
the dangers of the jungle

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