endanger

verb
en·​dan·​ger | \ in-ˈdān-jər How to pronounce endanger (audio) , en- \
endangered; endangering\ in-​ˈdānj-​riŋ How to pronounce endanger (audio) , -​ˈdān-​jə-​ , en-​ \

Definition of endanger

transitive verb

: to bring into danger or peril recklessly endangering innocent lives

intransitive verb

: to create a dangerous situation driving to endanger

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Other Words from endanger

endangerment \ in-​ˈdān-​jər-​mənt How to pronounce endanger (audio) , en-​ \ noun

Examples of endanger in a Sentence

Parents feared that the dog could endanger their children. The severe drought has endangered crops throughout the area.
Recent Examples on the Web There is no crime of attempting to recklessly endanger someone. Bruce Vielmetti, USA TODAY, "Pharmacist who tried to spoil 500 vaccine doses is 'admitted conspiracy theorist,' police say," 5 Jan. 2021 At times fighting back tears, state Sen. Stephanie Chang, D-Detroit, said the proposal would endanger her community. Dave Boucher, Detroit Free Press, "Whitmer vetoes proposal allowing hazardous materials on Ambassador Bridge," 30 Dec. 2020 Those arrested could face up to 10 years in prison if convicted of violating the national security law, which targets acts of secession, subversion, terrorism and collusion with foreign forces to endanger national security. David Pierson, Los Angeles Times, "Dozens of Hong Kong pro-democracy figures arrested in one of China’s biggest crackdowns," 5 Jan. 2021 Earlier this month, he was charged with collusion with a foreign country or external elements to endanger national security, which carries a maximum penalty of life in prison under the new law. Natasha Khan, WSJ, "Hong Kong Media Mogul Jimmy Lai Sent Back to Jail," 31 Dec. 2020 Underpinning all this is the sweeping National Security Law, which criminalized secession, subversion against the central Chinese government, terrorist activities, and collusion with foreign forces to endanger national security. Jessie Yeung, CNN, "Hong Kong is about to lose its political opposition. Here's what you need to know," 12 Nov. 2020 The first tests of the full vehicle will be uncrewed and will demonstrate that Alvin can run its life support systems for 24 hours without creating any harmful gases that would endanger its passengers. Daniel Oberhaus, Wired, "The Oldest Crewed Deep Sea Submarine Just Got a Big Makeover," 21 Dec. 2020 With her future wrecked, Opal decided to throw caution to the wind and leave her Manhattan apartment to actively endanger her sexagenarian parents at their tax-haven manse in North Carolina. Emma Allen, The New Yorker, "A Sampling of the Best Shouts of 2020," 17 Dec. 2020 The charge of collusion with a foreign country or external elements to endanger national security carries a maximum sentence of life in prison. James Freeman, WSJ, "An Old Friendship and a Communist Crackdown," 11 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of endanger

1964, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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The first known use of endanger was in 1964

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24 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Endanger.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/endanger. Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for endanger

endanger

verb
How to pronounce endanger (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of endanger

: to cause (someone or something) to be in a dangerous place or situation

endanger

verb
en·​dan·​ger | \ in-ˈdān-jər How to pronounce endanger (audio) \
endangered; endangering

Kids Definition of endanger

: to expose to possible harm : risk
en·​dan·​ger

Legal Definition of endanger

: to bring into danger or peril

intransitive verb

: to create a dangerous situation charged with driving to endanger

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