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
Recent Examples on the Web Cullen was charged but never convicted of that, or a dozen counts of animal abuse and violations of endangered and exotic species regulations. Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 28 May 2021 The exhibit will also feature the American alligator's close — yet more endangered relative — the Orinoco crocodile, native to the Orinoco River Basin, near Colombia and Venezuela. Rashika Jaipuriar, The Indianapolis Star, 26 May 2021 Earlier this year, for example, scientists cloned an endangered U.S. species for the first time: a black-footed ferret whose donor has been dead for more than 30 years. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, 11 May 2021 Your photos and observations could even help a scientist discover an unknown location of an endangered or invasive species. Tara Duggan, San Francisco Chronicle, 21 Apr. 2021 In India, the only country with more endangered languages than Brazil — and which passed Brazil this month with the second-most coronavirus cases in the world — researchers say conditions could turn dire. Washington Post, 6 Oct. 2020 The White Oak Conservation center covers about 17,000 acres and is already home to several endangered and threatened species, including rhinos, okapi, bongos, zebras, condors, dama gazelles, and cheetahs. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, 6 May 2021 The goal is to give endangered and endemic species a more recognizable home — a task everyone can help with. Los Angeles Times, 22 Apr. 2021 In the case of whale sharks, it has been shown by LAMAVE and other researchers that there is considerable pressure on this endangered and nationally protected species. Melissa Cristina Márquez, Forbes, 15 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of endangered

1964, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of endangered was in 1964

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6 Jun 2021

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“Endangered.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/endangered. Accessed 12 Jun. 2021.

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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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