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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Other Words from endanger

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.
Recent Examples on the Web What is your message to parents who worry that sending their children to school will endanger not only their kids, but also their teachers and families? USA TODAY, "Debate transcript: Trump, Biden final presidential debate moderated by Kristen Welker," 23 Oct. 2020 If the actions are considered likely to endanger the Queen's life, then the death penalty could be applied. Helen Regan, CNN, "Two Thai protesters could face life imprisonment for violence against the Queen," 16 Oct. 2020 But most importantly, Atlas has warned that government must be careful not to endanger Americans with Draconian lockdowns that curtail needed medical examinations, procedures, and treatments. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, "The Unscientific Attacks on the Science of Dr. Scott Atlas," 1 Oct. 2020 China’s biggest lenders are looking over their accounts in order not to endanger their access to crucial dollar funding. Bloomberg.com, "China’s Mega Banks Post Worst Profit Slump on Bad Debt Wave," 29 Aug. 2020 Experts aren’t worried that traveling ballclubs might endanger communities in a significant way. Jake Seiner, The Denver Post, "Play ball? Experts send mixed signals on MLB 60-game season," 18 July 2020 As a result, Shark Allies grew concerned that the race for a vaccine may lead to unregulated countries harvesting an unsustainable amount of sharks that could endanger the species. Joe Mario Pedersen, orlandosentinel.com, "Shark-free COVID-19 vaccine petition makes waves, gains more online support," 5 Oct. 2020 Harris and Cuomo’s unsubtle insinuation is that the president would knowingly and deliberately flout scientific expertise to endanger the public in pursuit of a nefarious political gain. Ellen Carmichael, National Review, "Vaccine Scare Tactics Are a Threat to Public Health," 30 Sep. 2020 Guardia also reminded students that noncompliance includes not wearing masks, attending parties either on or off campus that exceed safety guidelines and behaviors that can endanger UC's community. Terry Demio, The Enquirer, "UC Police reports show large sports-related gatherings late at campus stadiums," 18 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of endanger

1964, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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The first known use of endanger was in 1964

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26 Oct 2020

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“Endanger.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/endanger. Accessed 31 Oct. 2020.

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How to pronounce endanger (audio)

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

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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