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

Keep scrolling for more

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

Tigers are classed as endangered by the World Wildlife Fund. Julia Hollingsworth, CNN, "Almost 150 tigers were rescued from a Thai temple. Now, over half are dead," 17 Sep. 2019 California banned coastal marten trapping in 1946 and protected Humboldt martens as endangered in 2018. Washington Post, "Oregon bans trapping of rare, cat-like Humboldt marten," 16 Sep. 2019 There are 191, and more than half are classified as either endangered or vulnerable. Anchorage Daily News, "The dog is one of the world’s most destructive mammals. Brazil proves it.," 21 Aug. 2019 But those effects need not be considered in determining whether the deer should continue to be listed as endangered. Dan Sweeney, sun-sentinel.com, "Key deer still deserve protection as endangered species, readers say," 19 Aug. 2019 While the nearly half-century-old act has been overwhelmingly successful in saving animals and plants that are listed as endangered, battles over some of the listings have been yearslong and legendary. Ellen Knickmeyer, Twin Cities, "US government weakens application of Endangered Species Act," 12 Aug. 2019 The tiny fish, listed as endangered in 1994, was once abundant throughout the Rio Grande Basin from Colorado to Texas and into Mexico. USA TODAY, "Smokey Bear, tarantula trek, censoring Adam and Eve: News from around our 50 states," 9 Aug. 2019 Gray wolves are listed as endangered and protected in California under both state and federal Endangered Species Acts. Fox News, "California’s last wild wolf pack spotted with 3 new pups," 9 Aug. 2019 Eight years later, in 2000, Atlantic salmon were listed as endangered. Caroline Lester, The New Yorker, "The Last Presidential Salmon," 7 Aug. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'endanger.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of endanger

1964, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about endanger

Statistics for endanger

Last Updated

5 Oct 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for endanger

The first known use of endanger was in 1964

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for endanger

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

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on endanger

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with endanger

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for endanger

Spanish Central: Translation of endanger

Nglish: Translation of endanger for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of endanger for Arabic Speakers

Comments on endanger

What made you want to look up endanger? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

a topic to which one constantly reverts

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Where in the World? A Quiz

  • peter bruegel tower of babel painting
  • What language does pajama come from?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Syn City

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!