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

Definition of danger

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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


dangered; dangering; dangers

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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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


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 numbers 5150 refers to the state code which calls for the temporary, involuntary psychiatric commitment of individuals who present a danger to themselves or others due to signs of mental illness. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Cal State San Marcos police chief quits without a public explanation 2 years after taking job," 13 June 2019 Lopez: How great is the danger that civility projects and talk become a watering down? Nr Interview, National Review, "A Political Renewal?," 11 June 2019 The danger is that treating pain as a vital sign might cause the patient to exaggerate pain symptoms. Shari Rudavsky, Indianapolis Star, "Did the crackdown on opioid prescriptions go too far? Here's why doctors are reconsidering," 10 June 2019 Drones near wildfires pose a danger to the aircraft assigned to the fires, leading them to be grounded immediately, according to a press release. Grace Oldham, azcentral, "Coldwater Fire crews work toward containment along Highway 87; expect travel delays in area," 10 June 2019 The city is weighing its options following complaints that a new sculpture installed at a Beacon Hill park is absorbing too much heat from the sun, posing a danger to children who want to touch or sit on top of it. Steve Annear, BostonGlobe.com, "‘The turtle is burning kids’: People want newly installed turtle sculpture removed from Beacon Hill playground," 10 June 2019 Officials do not believe there is a danger to the public or that his disappearance is the result of foul play. Nina Bertelsen, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Search is on for a ​46-year-old​ man from the Town of Lisbon," 10 June 2019 Federal prosecutors contend Moon, a husband and father of three who has remained in custody since his arrest, is a flight risk and a danger to the community. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al.com, "Hidden cameras, voyeurism, violent porn among accusations against Vestavia Hills pain doctor arrested by feds," 8 June 2019 Police are asking for the public's help in locating a man last seen in downtown Dallas who may pose a danger to himself or others. Marc Ramirez, Dallas News, "52-year-old man missing in downtown Dallas may pose danger to himself, others, police say," 6 June 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 1a


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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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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