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 major exception is southern-resident killer whales, which remain critically endangered. Anchorage Daily News, "Whale strandings off Washington-Oregon coast highest in nearly 2 decades," 3 July 2018 The major exception is southern-resident killer whales, which remain critically endangered. Lynda V. Mapes, The Seattle Times, "Whale strandings off Washington-Oregon coast highest in nearly 2 decades," 2 July 2018 That changed due to major medical advances made in the 1970s and 1980s, and there’s now a group of young women with histories of heart disease who don’t realize that getting pregnant could endanger their lives. Mary Carole Mccauley, baltimoresun.com, ""Miracle" baby celebrates his first birthday at home," 9 June 2018 The marbled murrelet is listed as endangered in both Washington and California. Kale Williams, OregonLive.com, "State reverses itself, declines to list marbled murrelet as endangered," 8 June 2018 Eight species of bees have been classified as endangered in the U.S. since September 2016, according to National Geographic. Matthew Martinez, star-telegram, "‘It was like a horror movie.’ Giant swarm of bees infests walls, attic of Texas home | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 11 Apr. 2018 When Bob indulges in new, down-low superheroism, endangering himself in the process, Helen and her special-powered children go off to help him. Carla Meyer, San Francisco Chronicle, "Wonder Woman, other female superheroes have ‘Incredibles 2’ Elastigirl to thank," 4 June 2018 The Post had previously confirmed Halper's identity, but did not report his name following warnings from U.S. intelligence officials that exposing him could endanger him or his contacts. Drew Broach, NOLA.com, "After Texas school shooting, Steve Scalise says removing prayer 'one of the problems': report," 22 May 2018 Emily Hodgson, 36, 300 block of Stoneleigh Lane, Oswego, was charged with drunken driving and endangering the life/health of a child at 10:35 p.m. Wednesday in the 2000 block of Ogden Avenue, Aurora police said. Erika Wurst, Aurora Beacon-News, "Police: Oswego woman charged with DUI in Aurora," 27 Apr. 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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something that serves to warn or remind

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