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

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endangerment \ in-​ˈdān-​jər-​mənt How to pronounce endangerment (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.

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As the chase made its way into Los Angeles, Lightfoot said officers decided to end their pursuit and let the carjacker go because his driving became more erratic — endangering pedestrians and other motorists. Andy Nguyen, Glendale News-Press, "La Crescenta carjacking suspect remains on the loose," 3 Sep. 2019 That would require directly sampling the hormone in utero, which can endanger a developing fetus. Emily Underwood, Science | AAAS, "Study challenges idea that autism is caused by an overly masculine brain," 3 Sep. 2019 Nathan Hixson, 22, of Vancouver was arrested and charged with reckless driving and reckless endangering, police said. oregonlive, "1 arrested in street racing crackdown over Labor Day weekend," 2 Sep. 2019 Earlier this month, Business Insider reported that more than 8,000 brick-and-mortar stores have closed in 2019, endangering malls and shopping centers everywhere. Nicola Dall'asen, Allure, "New Reports Claim Forever 21 Is Preparing to File for Bankruptcy," 29 Aug. 2019 There's a growing concern among scientists that the biomedical industry's bleeding of these crabs may be endangering a creature that's been around since dinosaur days. Caren Chesler, Popular Mechanics, "The Blood of the Crab," 23 Aug. 2019 Tibetan hermits not only practice thumo for spiritual reasons, but in order to live in the high mountains without endangering themselves. Ailsa Ross, Longreads, "Mountains, Transcending," 9 Aug. 2019 AP Photo In most English-speaking countries, the train dining car is endangered and arguably extinct. Natasha Frost, Quartzy, "An Austrian Twitter account chronicles the best food on trains," 6 July 2019 Police are pursuing charges of domestic violence, assault, drug possession and child endangering. cleveland.com, "Woman accused of assault came home to find another woman in her bed: Cleveland Heights police blotter," 16 Aug. 2019

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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 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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