en·​dan·​ger | \ in-ˈdān-jər , en-\
endangered; endangering\ in-​ˈdānj-​riŋ , -​ˈdān-​jə-​ , en-​ \

Definition of endanger

transitive verb

: to bring into danger or peril recklessly endangering innocent lives

intransitive verb

: to create a dangerous situation driving to endanger

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Other Words from endanger

endangerment \ in-​ˈdān-​jər-​mənt , en-​ \ noun

Examples of endanger in a Sentence

Parents feared that the dog could endanger their children. The severe drought has endangered crops throughout the area.

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The bill would still allow abortions if a pregnancy endangers a woman’s life or one of her major bodily functions. Emily Wagster Pettus, The Seattle Times, "Mississippi considers abortion ban after fetal heartbeat," 6 Feb. 2019 As answers unfold on the planet's surface, Saru, temporarily in command of Discovery has another problem to deal with—radioactive material is destabilizing in the planets's upper atmosphere endangering the entire community below. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, "'Star Trek: Discovery' Gets Back to Basics," 25 Jan. 2019 But, in general, swelling isn't causing any lasting damage or endangering your health. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "What Jessica Simpson—and Every Other Pregnant Person—Should Know About Swollen Feet," 11 Jan. 2019 When an animal or plant is declared endangered, the federal government has the authority to halt development projects in the species’ habitat. Peter S. Alagona, Outside Online, "The Endangered Species Act Needs a Reboot," 9 July 2018 The spy agency has invested huge sums and resources in the larger quest, including endangering life and paying bribes to agents and crooks, Israeli intelligence officials said. Ronen Bergman, New York Times, "Israel’s Secret Operation to Recover the Watch of a Legendary Spy," 5 July 2018 With that as the background, the book follows a talented developer is brought on to test a new product, only to be endangered by her versatile (and apparently combat-ready) digital assistant. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "All the science fiction and fantasy books we’re looking forward to in 2019," 30 Dec. 2018 In Washington, more than 5.4 million people live in the zone endangered by a potential magnitude 9.0 earthquake, or what’s been dubbed a Cascadia megaquake, according to federal data. Paige Cornwell, The Seattle Times, "Heads up: Millions across U.S. set to take part in annual earthquake drill," 18 Oct. 2018 Because lives are now being endangered by reckless speech like this. Fox News, "Ingraham: The new American left: agents of hatred," 12 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of endanger

1964, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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English Language Learners Definition of endanger

: to cause (someone or something) to be in a dangerous place or situation


en·​dan·​ger | \ in-ˈdān-jər \
endangered; endangering

Kids Definition of endanger

: to expose to possible harm : risk


transitive verb

Legal Definition of endanger

: to bring into danger or peril

intransitive verb

: to create a dangerous situation charged with driving to endanger

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