imperil

verb im·per·il \ im-ˈper-əl , -ˈpe-rəl \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of imperil

imperiled or imperilled; imperiling or imperilling
transitive verb
:to bring into peril :endanger

imperilment

play \im-ˈper-əl-mənt, -ˈpe-rəl-\ noun

Examples of imperil in a Sentence

  1. The toxic fumes imperiled the lives of the trapped miners.

  2. The financial health of the company was imperiled by a string of bad investments.

  3. a list of imperiled species

Recent Examples of imperil from the Web

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First Known Use of imperil

15th century


IMPERIL Defined for English Language Learners

imperil

verb

Definition of imperil for English Language Learners

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


IMPERIL Defined for Kids

imperil

verb im·per·il \ im-ˈper-əl \

Definition of imperil for Students

imperiled or imperilled; imperiling or imperilling
:to place in great danger They rescued their imperiled comrades.


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