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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The girls were arrested and charged with first-degree endangering the welfare of a minor. Josh Magness, star-telegram, "Teens were 'laughing hysterically' as they terrorized 1-year-old with a Taser, cops say," 10 July 2018 Democrats are defending seats in 10 states Trump won in 2016, including in Indiana, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota and West Virginia - five states where the Democratic incumbents are particularly endangered and where Trump is considered an asset. Philip Rucker, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump, stumping in Nevada, makes immigration a central midterms issue for GOP," 24 June 2018 Though the bright blue, green and gold bird is not endangered, the goal is to encourage breeding and survival of the species. Alex Stuckey, San Antonio Express-News, "Texas State Aquarium doubles down on wildlife rescue, rehabilitation after Harvey," 3 June 2018 Officials from the three trading partners – among Washington's closest allies for decades – have dismissed the idea that their shipments to American customers endanger the United States – and some prominent Republicans attacked it as wrongheaded. Anchorage Daily News, "Mexico, Canada, Europe retaliate against Trump’s metal tariffs," 31 May 2018 They were charged last week with scheme to defraud and endangering the welfare of a child. Scooby Axson, SI.com, "Parents Fake Son's Cancer For Donations, Syracuse Football Team Visit," 8 May 2018 Both Strouds pleaded not guilty to charges of endangering the life of a child and involuntary manslaughter of a family member in February 2017 after their arrest. Jim Newton, Lake County News-Sun, "Father pleads guilty to involuntary manslaughter in 2016 death of son in Park City," 2 May 2018 Kenol is expected to be arraigned in Worcester District Court on charges of operating to endanger, failure to stop for police, assault with a dangerous weapon, use of a firearm in a felony, and carrying a firearm without a license. Lucas Phillips, BostonGlobe.com, "In separate Worcester attacks, suspect allegedly shoots at bicyclist, and man is wounded in back," 14 July 2018 In a southwest Louisiana crawfish pond, two endangered whooping crane chicks peck about for crawfish, insects, plants and other food. Washington Post, "Louisiana’s whooping crane comeback: 5 chicks this year," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of endanger

1964, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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English Language Learners Definition of endanger

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


en·dan·ger | \in-ˈdān-jər \
endangered; endangering

Kids Definition of endanger

: to expose to possible harm : risk


transitive verb

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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