endanger

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

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from endanger

endangerment \ in-​ˈdān-​jər-​mənt How to pronounce endangerment (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

Critics have said that the Remain in Mexico policy endangers migrants who fled violence in their home countries, because Mexican border cities are also often unsafe. Miriam Jordan, New York Times, "A Sharp Drop in Migrant Arrivals on the Border: What’s Happening?," 10 July 2019 Lemonis then added local politicians told him the flag could endanger someone because of its size and its proximity to Interstate 77. Fox News, "Camping World CEO: 'I'd rather go to jail' than yield to city in American flag controversy," 2 July 2019 The department says the little brown bat is endangered in the state, and long-term volunteer monitoring is critical to its management and recovery. USA TODAY, "Whiskey webs, alien abductions, goldfish invasion: News from around our 50 states," 25 June 2019 In the wake of the Malaysia Airlines shootdown, the United Nations’ air safety agency set up a database to help alert airlines about conflict zones that could endanger commercial flights. Robert Wall, WSJ, "Airlines Avoid Persian Gulf After Downed Drone," 21 June 2019 On Bioko Island, off the coast of Equatorial Guinea, for example, hunting for bushmeat has decimated populations of the island’s seven endemic monkey species, which are all endangered. Jani Actman, National Geographic, "What is bushmeat?," 19 June 2019 Alabama has some of the highest rates in the nation of chronic conditions like heart disease and diabetes and obesity that endanger pregnant women. Anna Claire Vollers | Avollers@al.com, al.com, "Deaths from pregnancy and child birth are often preventable; Alabama finally starts to take notice," 9 June 2019 Research in 2007 had revealed that the poison, a rodenticide called brodifacoum, might endanger two endemic birds, the Lord Howe Island woodhen and the Lord Howe Island currawong. John Pickrell, Science | AAAS, "Mass rodent poisoning on this remote Australian island could bring back giant stick insect," 5 June 2019 The inspector general’s office found dirty storage areas and supply shortages that were endangering patients. Isaac Arnsdorf, ProPublica, "Trump’s VA Firing Spree Falters in Court," 15 May 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'endanger.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of endanger

1964, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about endanger

Statistics for endanger

Last Updated

13 Jul 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for endanger

The first known use of endanger was in 1964

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for endanger

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 How to pronounce endanger (audio) \
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

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on endanger

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with endanger

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for endanger

Spanish Central: Translation of endanger

Nglish: Translation of endanger for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of endanger for Arabic Speakers

Comments on endanger

What made you want to look up endanger? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

food or victuals

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Farm Idioms Quiz

  • cow coming home
  • What does 'poke' refer to in the expression 'pig in a poke'?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Citation

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!