danger

noun
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

danger

verb
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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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

Keep in mind that your friend doesn’t actually need to be passed out in order to be in danger. Natasha Lavender, SELF, "What to Do if Your Friend Is Passed Out Drunk," 26 Feb. 2019 The jubilation that his victory has inspired is the clearest sign of the dangers that await him and Mexico. The Economist, "Will AMLO deliver?," 5 July 2018 There is a danger that, while a firm’s best talent is off pursuing new ideas, the core revenue-generating business deteriorates due to neglect. The Economist, "The fashion for agile management is spreading," 5 July 2018 Maryland has a new law, which becomes effective in October, that will allow judges to seize guns from a person deemed a danger to themselves or others. Scott Dance, baltimoresun.com, "Maryland's strict gun laws could not prevent Capital Gazette shooting, spurring talk of changes," 2 July 2018 Her kids were birthed with no pain relief, and the danger of dying during childbirth is really, really high. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Jenna Coleman Reveals Why She Likes Playing Victoria Most When the Queen Is Pregnant," 14 Jan. 2019 Netflix previously confirmed that Priah Ferguson (Erica) and Maya Hawke will be joining the cast, helping to rescue the residents of a small town who are constantly dealing with scarier and scarier forms of danger. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, ""Stranger Things 3" Poster Has Fans Speculating About a New Monster," 2 Jan. 2019 Netflix previously confirmed that Priah Ferguson (Erica) and Maya Hawke will be joining the cast, helping to rescue the residents of a small town who are constantly dealing with scarier and scarier forms of danger. Lauren Rearick, Glamour, "Stranger Things Fans Already Have Tons of Theories About the Season 3 Poster," 2 Jan. 2019 Finding an important original antique deck would be a task for the likes of Indiana Jones, and like the treasures Jones pursues, ancient tarot decks are loaded with -superstitions and foreshadowings of danger. Jane Stern, Town & Country, "My Love of Tarot Is a Family Tradition," 24 Sep. 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 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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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 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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