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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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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Kenol is expected to be arraigned in Worcester District Court on charges of operating to endanger, failure to stop for police, assault with a dangerous weapon, use of a firearm in a felony, and carrying a firearm without a license. Lucas Phillips, BostonGlobe.com, "In separate Worcester attacks, suspect allegedly shoots at bicyclist, and man is wounded in back," 14 July 2018 In a southwest Louisiana crawfish pond, two endangered whooping crane chicks peck about for crawfish, insects, plants and other food. Washington Post, "Louisiana’s whooping crane comeback: 5 chicks this year," 13 July 2018 Limiting its role in projects such as the Galileo geolocation system, at a time when America is wavering on its NATO commitments and Russia is stirring up trouble, endangers all Europeans. The Economist, "A new Brexit plan creates fresh depths of chaos," 12 July 2018 The man was arrested for endangering safety, being armed while intoxicated, and being a felon in possession of a gun, police said. Jane Ford-stewart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Bullets rained down somewhere from a man firing gun into the air in West Allis," 10 July 2018 He is also charged with two counts of abandoning/endangering child criminal neglect, according to police. Adam Carlson, PEOPLE.com, "'I Hope That Woke Him Up': Mom Speaks After Shooting Man Who Allegedly Tried to Take Her Car with Kids Inside," 9 July 2018 The recent rains of the monsoon season has made the rescue more urgent: flooding could seriously endanger the boys and further rescue attempt. Laura Yan, Popular Mechanics, "Four Boys Have Been Rescued From Thailand Caves," 8 July 2018 Scott’s Germany mission also endangered original Ant-Man Hank Pym (Michael Douglas, acerbic as ever) and his daughter Hope (Evangeline Lilly). Tasha Robinson, The Verge, "Ant-Man and the Wasp is a solid improvement on Ant-Man," 6 July 2018 And having to vote on the bill could endanger senators in swing districts. Philly.com, "With Pa. House, Senate gone, big issues remain unresolved," 4 July 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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