endanger

verb
en·​dan·​ger | \ in-ˈdān-jər, en-\
endangered; endangering\ in-​ˈdānj-​riŋ , -​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 , 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.

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With that as the background, the book follows a talented developer is brought on to test a new product, only to be endangered by her versatile (and apparently combat-ready) digital assistant. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "All the science fiction and fantasy books we’re looking forward to in 2019," 30 Dec. 2018 In Washington, more than 5.4 million people live in the zone endangered by a potential magnitude 9.0 earthquake, or what’s been dubbed a Cascadia megaquake, according to federal data. Paige Cornwell, The Seattle Times, "Heads up: Millions across U.S. set to take part in annual earthquake drill," 18 Oct. 2018 Because lives are now being endangered by reckless speech like this. Fox News, "Ingraham: The new American left: agents of hatred," 12 Sep. 2018 The Louisiana black bear qualified as endangered in recent years, only coming off the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's list in 2016, Baton Rouge's The Advocate noted. Joshua Hafner, ajc, "Hunter fined $10,000 for killing black bear in Louisiana," 12 July 2018 But the southern resident whales, whose numbers hover below 100, are considered endangered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Pacific Northwest Orca Population Hits 30-Year-Low," 10 July 2018 Pallid sturgeon have been around at least 70 million years, but were listed as endangered in 1990. Kelsey Ryan, kansascity, "Worlds of Fun was sued for polluting. Then Missouri loosened its pollutant limits," 6 July 2018 De Leon said this presents an issue because wetlands are endangered and protected, so if the Northpark project were to impact the wetlands in any way, a remediation solution would need to be implemented. Melanie Feuk, Houston Chronicle, "Northpark Drive expansion estimate grows to nearly $86 million," 29 June 2018 They are listed as endangered under the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and protected by the Endangered Species Act and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species. National Geographic, "Searching for Elusive Green Sea Turtles in the Persian Gulf," 16 June 2018

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First Known Use of endanger

1964, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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endanger

verb

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 \
endangered; endangering

Kids Definition of endanger

: to expose to possible harm : risk

endanger

transitive verb
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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