en·​dan·​gered in-ˈdān-jərd How to pronounce endangered (audio)
: being or relating to an endangered species
an endangered bird
put on the endangered list

Examples of endangered in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web At the same time, oil company Chevron’s ‘People Do’ campaign was all over American TV screens, claiming the company’s dedication to protecting cute endangered species. Solitaire Townsend, Forbes, 11 Feb. 2024 That’s a dramatic increase since 1963, when bald eagles were an endangered species, largely due to pesticides. Cathy Free, Washington Post, 8 Feb. 2024 They were once considered for listing as an endangered species, but closing harvest in the 1990s showed promise and the population started rebounding on its own. Kris Millgate, Field & Stream, 8 Feb. 2024 The Bitter Creek National Wildlife Refuge is also home to California condors, which are endangered species. Helena Wegner, Sacramento Bee, 26 Jan. 2024 Japan To save an endangered butterfly, conservationists and a farming town are working to find the balance between overuse and underuse of the environment. Cameron Pugh, The Christian Science Monitor, 16 Jan. 2024 Every migrant, vagrant and endangered species apparently needs an advocate. Allysia Finley, WSJ, 31 Dec. 2023 The Klamath’s endangered salmon runs had been on a steady decline for decades by the turn of the 21st century, but a massive fish die-off in 2002 spurred a new campaign by area tribes to try and remove the four dams. Dac Collins, Outdoor Life, 17 Jan. 2024 Roughly 700 endangered Caspian seals died from the virus in 2023. Laura Baisas, Popular Science, 17 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1964, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of endangered was in 1964

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“Endangered.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/endangered. Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


: threatened with extinction
an endangered species

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