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

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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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 The big danger is that temporary barriers become hard to remove because of squabbling and lobbying. The Economist, "The summer holiday will be back How tourism will survive the pandemic," 30 May 2020 Avalanche danger is high, given recent heavy snowfall and warm weather. oregonlive, "Crews rescue second climber from Mt. Hood amid high avalanche danger," 24 May 2020 But an even greater danger of his presidency is that his tactics become standard political practice. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "Donald Trump’s Never-Ending War on Numbers," 20 May 2020 That danger was certainly on the forefront of our minds with Russell. Lauren Huff, EW.com, "Connie Nielsen shares her wildest Gladiator memories and where things stand on the sequel," 20 May 2020 And don’t transplant until the danger of frost is past. Margaret Roach, New York Times, "How to Grow a Better Tomato," 12 May 2020 The danger is that reopening will become an act of mass arson. Amy Davidson Sorkin, The New Yorker, "The Rush to Reopen," 3 May 2020 The danger for Fuel opponents is that either of the Dallas superstar damage-dealers are capable of playing the hero. Sean Collins, Dallas News, "Preview, prediction and player to watch: Dallas Fuel can take advantage of Justice rematch," 1 May 2020 In principle, this is OK, but the danger is that any inadvertent analysis bias will be replicated rather than eliminated. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Fine structure constant may vary with space, constant in time," 28 Apr. 2020 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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1 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Danger.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/danger. Accessed 7 Jun. 2020.

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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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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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