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

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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.

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Richardson was acquitted of aggravated murder, involuntary manslaughter and child endangering charges Thursday. Cameron Knight, Cincinnati.com, "'A proper burial.' Judge rules on final fate for baby at center of Skylar Richardson trial," 13 Sep. 2019 In pregnant women, hypoxia often leads to preeclampsia, which can endanger both mother and baby, as well as premature birth and low infant weights. Xing Liu, Science Magazine, "At 5100 meters elevation, a Peruvian gold mining town is the world’s highest settlement—and a good place to study how life at extremely low oxygen levels ravages the body.," 12 Sep. 2019 Police cited the mother, a Euclid woman, 37, with child endangering. cleveland.com, "Mother cited for leaving child in SUV while she went into store: Lyndhurst Police Blotter," 10 Sep. 2019 He was charged with aggravated driving to endanger, a felony, and jailed. Patricia Callahan, ProPublica, "How Amazon Hooked America on Fast Delivery While Avoiding Responsibility for Crashes," 5 Sep. 2019 Sarah Marie Emrick, 32, was arrested Saturday on a charge of abandoning or endangering a child with the intent to return. Tom Steele, Dallas News, "'He gets out of my apartment all the time,' mom said after boy was found on I-20, police say," 27 Aug. 2019 Research suggests a minority of abortions later in pregnancy are performed because the fetus has an anomaly or the woman’s life is endangered, so most come down to the health exception. The Economist, "What explains Donald Trump’s war on late-term abortions?," 22 Aug. 2019 TikTok’s popularity, especially in small-town India, has driven its users to take crazy risks and endanger their lives. Manavi Kapur, Quartz India, "Indians are going too far for thrilling TikTok videos that can go viral," 21 Aug. 2019 Orca whales, which are themselves endangered, feed on salmon. Ryan Prior, CNN, "The water is so hot in Alaska it's killing large numbers of salmon," 16 Aug. 2019

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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 How to pronounce endanger (audio) \
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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