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

Plus, information in several languages about the dangers of carbon-monoxide poisoning. Christine Clarridge, The Seattle Times, "Snow, ice, school closures in Seattle area — and there’s more on the way," 5 Feb. 2019 To the degree that You was marketed to the masses, it was marketed as a show about the dangers of social media. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "You, now streaming on Netflix, tilts the rom-com into postmodern horror," 27 Dec. 2018 The Trump administration has been roiled by the FBI Special Counsel investigation into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election, and intelligence officials have warned about the danger of Russian meddling in the midterms. Fox News, "Pence accuses Beijing of meddling in US elections: ‘China wants a different American president’," 4 Oct. 2018 Signage is up throughout warning about the dangers of the falls, Cooper added. Dave Quinn, PEOPLE.com, "Teen Dies Saving Sister from Plunging Over N.C. Waterfall Where Man Died Just 2 Weeks Before," 6 July 2018 Iranian officials have been vocal about the dangers. Stanley Reed, BostonGlobe.com, "Producers promised more oil — so why are prices rising?," 4 July 2018 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

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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