en·​dan·​gered | \ in-ˈdān-jərd How to pronounce endangered (audio) , en-\

Definition of endangered

: being or relating to an endangered species an endangered bird put on the endangered list

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Examples of endangered in a Sentence

a daring attempt to rescue the endangered passengers from the burning boat

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In 1978 the bald eagle was put on the endangered species list. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: Our national symbol is a soaring conservation success story," 3 July 2019 The sei whale, however, is currently on the endangered species list. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Japan Resumes Commercial Whaling in Its Home Waters," 1 July 2019 Critic: Pup placement 'better than nothing' The recovery efforts started after the government put the wolf on the endangered species list in 1976. Andrew Nicla, azcentral, "Captive-born Mexican gray wolf pups released to 'foster dens' in Arizona and New Mexico," 23 June 2019 The animals were moved off endangered lists, and the population even seemed to be going up in some areas. Leah Asmelash And Saeed Ahmed, CNN, "African elephant poaching has declined, but study warns they are still vulnerable," 6 June 2019 Fiesta Island, which was created in the 1940s when Mission Bay was being dredged, features hundreds of acres of sand, beaches and marshland and is home to numerous endangered species. Jeff Mcdonald, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Fiesta Island in line for makeover following City Council vote," 17 June 2019 The goal of the federal agency's program is to restore the endangered wolf's population and release more of them into their native territory of the southwestern U.S., including parts of Arizona and New Mexico. Andrew Nicla, azcentral, "Endangered Mexican gray wolf population boosted by 6 pups at Phoenix Zoo," 5 June 2019 Riihmaa has cerebral palsy, is nonverbal and is considered endangered, police said. Howard Koplowitz | Hkoplowitz@al.com, al.com, "Tennessee authorities arrest man in Alabama who allegedly kidnapped special needs woman," 4 June 2019 In a 2015 report, the Austin American-Statesman showed how Combs worked to remove endangered protections for a native state songbird, the golden-cheeked warbler, claiming that its listing hurt military readiness. Hanna Krueger, NOLA.com, "Bubbles the Camel is home after a stroll through Livingston Parish: report," 4 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of endangered

1964, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of endangered

used to describe a type of animal or plant that has become very rare and that could die out completely sometimes used figuratively


en·​dan·​gered | \ in-ˈdān-jərd\

Kids Definition of endangered

: close to becoming extinct an endangered species

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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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