en·​dan·​ger | \ in-ˈdān-jər How to pronounce endanger (audio) , en- \
endangered; endangering\ in-​ˈdānj-​riŋ How to pronounce endanger (audio) , -​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

Other Words from endanger

endangerment \ in-​ˈdān-​jər-​mənt How to pronounce endanger (audio) , 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.
Recent Examples on the Web The company has fought legislation and regulation every step of the way, claiming that letting consumers fix their own devices would endanger both their safety and security. Brian Barrett, Wired, 17 Nov. 2021 Opponents have said DeSantis' actions endanger children by not letting local officials follow guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which recommends that children be masked at school. NBC News, 27 Aug. 2021 The Democratic governor said the measure, which cleared the Legislature this month, would endanger educators and children. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 21 June 2021 The Democratic governor said the measure, which cleared the legislature last week, would endanger educators and children. Gary D. Robertson, Star Tribune, 18 June 2021 How the lack of bear spray or a gun will endanger Tom turns out to be a surprise, but one that will alert readers who have never visited Alaska that our bears are hardly the only four-legged threat to human safety in the backcountry. David James, Anchorage Daily News, 6 Nov. 2021 Encroaching gold prospectors and mining endanger their current existence as increasing development presents a danger to both the people and the earth. Kimber Myers, Los Angeles Times, 3 Nov. 2021 The toxic chemicals and microplastic pollution that tires can release into the environment are well documented, but now new research suggests a new way that tires can endanger wildlife: their shape. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, 26 Oct. 2021 Chasing each of these outliers and attempting to fit them into the model can lead to overfitting of the model and endanger overall efficacy. Sreekanth Mallikarjun, Forbes, 19 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of endanger

1964, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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“Endanger.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/endanger. Accessed 4 Dec. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce endanger (audio) \
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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