endanger

verb
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.

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Pottsville police told Fox 16 she was cited for endangering the welfare of a minor and criminal mischief. Jameelah Nasheed, Teen Vogue, "A Teen's Last-Second Decision to Swerve Into a Tree Saved a Baby in the Middle of a Highway," 17 Aug. 2018 In addition to first-degree homicide by vehicle and DUI, she was charged with improper lane usage and two counts of endangering the life of a child by driving under the influence, according to the GSP. Fleming Smith, ajc, "Grandmother driving under the influence hits and kills woman, officials say," 14 June 2018 Joy was also cited for endangering the welfare of a minor. Everton Bailey Jr., OregonLive.com, "Oregon mom cited after toddler overdoses on marijuana-infused candy," 31 May 2018 Politicians are directly interfering with medical practice and endangering women’s lives. Glamour, "Abortion Bans Are a Call to Action—Not a Reason to Give Up," 29 Mar. 2019 The ships will also likely carry weapons, giving the fleet greater firepower and an asset commanders won’t hesitate to send on the most dangerous missions, since that won't mean endangering the lives of sailors. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The U.S. Navy Wants To Build a “Ghost Fleet” of Drone Warships," 14 Mar. 2019 These children should not be making the long trek to the United States – because that journey endangers their lives. Will Bunch, Philly.com, "Some of the pictures of border kids that haunt me most are from 2014. Here's why | Will Bunch," 24 June 2018 State rules allow lethal force against wildlife if the animal endangers human life. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: Top 5 Wisconsin wildlife risks to humans? Maybe not what you think.," 13 June 2018 The woman basically implies that June working full-time is harming her child’s health and endangering the lives of other other children. Claire Dodson, Teen Vogue, "The First Episodes of "The Handmaid's Tale” Season Two Just Dropped and Things Still Look Bleak," 25 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of endanger

1964, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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endanger

verb

English Language Learners Definition of endanger

: to cause (someone or something) to be in a dangerous place or situation

endanger

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

Kids Definition of endanger

: to expose to possible harm : risk

endanger

transitive verb
en·​dan·​ger

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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