imperil

verb
im·​per·​il | \ im-ˈper-əl How to pronounce imperil (audio) , -ˈpe-rəl\
imperiled or imperilled; imperiling or imperilling

Definition of imperil

transitive verb

: to bring into peril : endanger

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Other Words from imperil

imperilment \ im-​ˈper-​əl-​mənt How to pronounce imperilment (audio) , -​ˈpe-​rəl-​ \ noun

Examples of imperil in a Sentence

The toxic fumes imperiled the lives of the trapped miners. The financial health of the company was imperiled by a string of bad investments. a list of imperiled species
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And in 2017 after Hurricane Irma, another giant red-tide imperiled the state. Jenny Howard, National Geographic, "Red tides, explained," 5 July 2019 The practices challenged in these cases imperil our system of government. Justin Wingerter, The Denver Post, "Supreme Court cites Colorado as it declines to curb gerrymandering," 27 June 2019 The practices challenged in these cases imperil our system of government. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "A Partisan Supreme Court Upholds Partisan Power," 27 June 2019 That could further imperil the bottom lines of Gulf long-haul carriers, which already have faced challenges under the Trump administration. David Martin, CBS News, "FAA bars U.S. airlines from Iranian airspace over Strait of Hormuz and Gulf of Oman after drone shot down," 21 June 2019 Long-haul Gulf airlines at risk The situation could further imperil the bottom lines of Persian Gulf long-haul carriers, which already have faced challenges under the Trump administration. Grace Dobush, Fortune, "New Routes and Cancellations: Airlines Worldwide React to the U.S. Ban on Iranian Airspace," 21 June 2019 The back-and-forth could also imperil the NAFTA revamp, which Trump pressured Mexico and Canada to agree to last year. Jill Colvin, Time, "Trump Sees Progress in Mexico Talks But 'Not Nearly Enough' to Halt Tariffs," 7 June 2019 MBS’s missteps have now imperiled the US embrace that constituted one of the pillars of Saudi rule. Daniel Benjamin, The New York Review of Books, "Reckless in Riyadh," 30 May 2019 The volcano has also imperiled a geothermal energy plant, the Puna Geothermal Venture plant. Fox News, "FOX NEWS FIRST: Trump says no Iran deal 2.0 at North Korea summit; President to take on drug prices," 11 May 2018

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First Known Use of imperil

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for imperil

Middle English inperiled, from in- in- entry 2 + peril peril entry 1 + -ed -ed entry 1

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The first known use of imperil was in the 15th century

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imperil

verb

English Language Learners Definition of imperil

formal : to put (something or someone) in a dangerous situation

imperil

verb
im·​per·​il | \ im-ˈper-əl How to pronounce imperil (audio) \
imperiled or imperilled; imperiling or imperilling

Kids Definition of imperil

: to place in great danger They rescued their imperiled comrades.

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