en·dan·gered | \in-ˈdān-jərd, 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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McCaskill and Manchin happen to be two of the most endangered Senate Democrats in this year’s midterm elections. Fox News, "McCaskill suffers cracked rib after Manchin performs Heimlich maneuver on her," 25 June 2018 Heitkamp is considered one of the most endangered Senate Democrats in November. John Wagner And Sean Sullivan, chicagotribune.com, "Trump publicly praises Indiana Democrat he recently attacked as 'Sleepin' Joe'," 30 May 2018 Still, Republican operatives in the capital think Braun will be a formidable opponent against Sen. Joe Donnelly, one of the most endangered Democrats in the Senate. NBC News, "Mike Braun, embracing Trump, projected to win Indiana GOP Senate primary, kicking off 2018 races," 9 May 2018 Some of the Senate’s most endangered Democrats are stockpiling huge sums of campaign cash for what could be their party’s hardest-fought Senate election in generations. Fredreka Schouten, USA TODAY, "Early numbers show Senate Democrats raising big sums for midterm battles," 16 Jan. 2018 What the play understands (as Beckett did) is that all endangered people are tragedies in the making. Jesse Green, New York Times, "Review: Waiting for Po-Po in a Searing ‘Pass Over’," 18 June 2018 The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation had also issued an endangered child alert for the boy, who was reportedly non-verbal. Crimesider Staff, CBS News, "Report: Mom who reported autistic son missing knew he was dead, police say," 10 Apr. 2018 This is good for the coelacanths as all are considered endangered. Lynne Parenti, Smithsonian, "How the Smithsonian’s Coelacanth Lost Its Brain and Got It Back Again," 14 Mar. 2018 Gray dolphins are listed as data deficient, but Flach says the species should be considered endangered. Elaina Zachos, National Geographic, "Scores of Dolphin Deaths Have Scientists Baffled," 12 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of endangered

1964, in the meaning defined above

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en·dan·gered | \in-ˈdān-jərd\

Kids Definition of endangered

: close to becoming extinct an endangered species

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