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

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Heitkamp, the Democrat from North Dakota, tops many lists of most endangered senators. Kay Steiger, Vox, "8 takeaways from the knock-down, drag-out fight over Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation," 6 Oct. 2018 Bruce Rauner is one of the most endangered Republican governors up this year as well. Adam Levy, CNN, "What you need to know right now about the 2018 midterm elections," 20 Mar. 2018 Illinois's embattled Republican governor, Bruce Rauner, narrowly managed to fend off a socially conservative primary challenger Tuesday, sending him into the general election as one of the most endangered governors in the nation. Amber Phillips, Washington Post, "Why GOP Illinois governor Bruce Rauner may be the most endangered governor in the nation," 20 Mar. 2018 Just to the south of Hildering’s primary study area is part of the main habitat of the endangered southern resident killer whales, a group of fish-eating specialists numbering only 76 individuals at latest count. Claire Eamer, Smithsonian, "How Children’s Books Reveal Our Evolving Relationship With Whales," 27 Mar. 2018 Each installment of Dynasties shows a certain endangered animal's fight for survival in an ever-changing world. Gabe Bergado, Teen Vogue, "Here's an Inside Look at the Making of BBC's Epic Animal Series, "Dynasties"," 19 Dec. 2018 This week Unesco, the United Nation’s scientific and cultural agency, removed the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System, part of the 600-mile long MesoAmerican Reef System, the world’s second largest, from its list of endangered world heritage sites. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "How the Belize Barrier Reef Beat the Endangered List," 28 June 2018 Farmers there have long complained of not being able to get enough water for their crops because of environmental regulations to protect endangered fish and other species. Jim Carlton, WSJ, "Trump Orders Expedited Delivery of Western Water," 19 Oct. 2018 That prevents sediment from clouding streams and rivers, which is harmful to endangered fish. Jonathan J. Cooper, Fox News, "Firefighting mars the earth. California crews are fixing it," 15 Aug. 2018

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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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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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