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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The goal of the federal agency's program is to restore the endangered wolf's population and release more of them into their native territory of the southwestern U.S., including parts of Arizona and New Mexico. Andrew Nicla, azcentral, "Endangered Mexican gray wolf population boosted by 6 pups at Phoenix Zoo," 5 June 2019 Riihmaa has cerebral palsy, is nonverbal and is considered endangered, police said. Howard Koplowitz | Hkoplowitz@al.com, al.com, "Tennessee authorities arrest man in Alabama who allegedly kidnapped special needs woman," 4 June 2019 In a 2015 report, the Austin American-Statesman showed how Combs worked to remove endangered protections for a native state songbird, the golden-cheeked warbler, claiming that its listing hurt military readiness. Hanna Krueger, NOLA.com, "Bubbles the Camel is home after a stroll through Livingston Parish: report," 4 Apr. 2018 On our final day, choose to go in search of endangered golden monkeys with Dr. Deogratias Tuyisingize, whose research has been instrumental in their individual identification and conservation. National Geographic, "Africa by Private Jet," 12 June 2019 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

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First Known Use of endangered

1964, in the meaning defined above

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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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