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 If the mudflats continue to decline at current rates, three migratory species may reach endangered levels by 2026. Paige Embry, Scientific American, "Slimy Mudflat Biofilms Feed Migratory Birds—and Could Be Threatened," 17 June 2020 The springs are perfect habitat for numerous species of aquatic animals, including two small, endangered desert fishes -- the Pecos gambusia and the Comanche Springs pupfish, according to the release. Midland Reporter-telegram, Houston Chronicle, "Balmorhea State Park to be greatly expanded," 16 June 2020 Though the population has increased an average of about 15% for the past 10 years, the Mexican gray wolf remains the most endangered subspecies of gray wolf in the world. Erin Stone, azcentral, "20 Mexican gray wolf pups are released into the wild, aiding the species' recovery effort," 15 June 2020 Less than two weeks after she was last reported missing and endangered, a Portland foster child has gone missing again, the Oregon Department of Human Services said on Tuesday. oregonlive, "DHS reports Portland teen missing and ‘in critical danger’ for the 2nd time in weeks," 10 June 2020 Gresham police are asking for help finding a missing, endangered man last seen Wednesday morning. oregonlive, "Gresham police ask for help finding missing, endangered man," 10 June 2020 In theory, McConnell could have quietly encouraged the more endangered or principled members of his caucus to assert their independence in the face of an incompetent and dangerously mercurial president. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, "Mitch McConnell Is No Genius," 10 June 2020 The remaining five species, including the Indian pangolin, are listed as either vulnerable or endangered. Ben Westcott, CNN, "China removes pangolin scales from traditional medicine list, helping protect world's most trafficked mammal," 10 June 2020 Authorities are asking for the public’s assistance in finding a missing and endangered man. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, "36-year-old man missing since Tuesday," 5 June 2020

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First Known Use of endangered

1964, in the meaning defined above

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29 Jun 2020

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“Endangered.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/endangered. Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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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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