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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Yoder was considered one of the more endangered House Republicans in the 2018 midterms. Ella Nilsen, Vox, "Democrat Sharice Davids just beat Rep. Kevin Yoder in a key Kansas House race," 7 Nov. 2018 One Republican who isn’t shying away from the legislation is Rep. Erik Paulsen of Minnesota, the most endangered Republican member of the tax-writing Ways and Means Committee. Julie Bykowicz, WSJ, "Health Care Crowds Out Jobs, Taxes in Midterm Ads," 9 Oct. 2018 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says the sea turtle has been on the endangered species list since 1970. James Rogers, Fox News, "GRAPHIC IMAGES: Endangered sea turtle strangled by beach chair," 16 July 2018 That's a scary evocation, but more practically in the near term, Trump's rhetoric will be fodder for his opponents as his party hurtles toward a midterm in which many of its endangered members will be saddled with Trump's words. Eugene Scott, Washington Post, "Calling immigrants ‘animals,’ Trump evokes an ugly history of dehumanization," 16 May 2018 Some in the group suspected that the endangered theater was being intentionally allowed to rot and soon would be condemned for good (or, their minds, bad). Chris Jones, chicagotribune.com, "Uptown Theatre will be restored: $75 million plan unveiled for grand palace on North Side," 28 June 2018 Amid the neighborhood’s proliferation of artisanal cocktails and green juice variants, a stack of weird, relatively cheap pancakes and the simple joy of a coffee carafe of one’s own seem like quaint, endangered pleasures. Megan Burbank, The Seattle Times, "In praise of IHOP’s cupcake pancake, the pinnacle of junk food," 22 June 2018 Golden lion tamarins remain endangered in their native home of Brazil. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "The National Zoo’s Golden Lion Tamarins Delight Curators with the Delivery of Twins," 3 July 2018 One of those wheels is made with the milk of an endangered breed of cow called White Modenese, of which there are fewer than 500 dairy cattle left in Italy. Eric Sylvers, WSJ, "Someone Is Stealing Italy’s Most Precious Cheese," 22 June 2018

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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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