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

The agency also has warned about dangers from button-sized batteries, which when swallowed can trigger a chemical reaction that can burn holes through tissue inside the throat. Lindsey Tanner, The Seattle Times, "Swallowed toys, coins, batteries spark rise in tot ER visits," 12 Apr. 2019 For at least one business owner in West Virginia, CBD is a way to fight the prescription drug epidemic that has made the state ground zero for harrowing news stories about the dangers of opioids. Meredith Clark, Marie Claire, "Is CBD Even Legal Where You Live?," 12 Apr. 2019 But, as House Beautiful's own editorial director recently learned, this isn't just a danger with cheaper, lightweight furniture. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "The Frightening Story That Proves That You Need To Anchor All Your Furniture To Your Walls," 12 Mar. 2019 But that is the danger of social media to me, is not the BS, the cyberbullying ... Eric Johnson, Recode, "‘Eighth Grade’ director Bo Burnham is happy that a lot of people ‘have no idea who I am’," 30 July 2018 Police there is no immediate danger to the public and this was not a random act. Karen Pilarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Woman and child injured during overnight home invasion in Wauwatosa," 13 July 2018 Fischer, and eventually the Metro Council, adopted a rule that forbids Louisville police from assisting federal agents on immigration arrests unless a judge signs a warrant or there is a danger to the public. Phillip M. Bailey, The Courier-Journal, "Abolish ICE movement pits practicality against passion for local Democrats," 10 July 2018 Twenty-seven is still young in reproductive terms—fertility doesn’t begin to enter the danger zone until your mid-30s—but many women, especially in big cities, are pushing the limits, getting closer and closer to the reproductive fringes. Macaela Mackenzie, Glamour, "Women Are Waiting Longer than Ever to Get Pregnant—Do You Have A Plan for Your Fertility?," 22 Apr. 2019 That doesn’t mean that there aren’t still dangers associated with the process. Allure, "Your Guide to Microdosing for Anxiety and Depression," 19 Apr. 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

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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