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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Ten billion here, ten billion there: President Donald Trump's escalating tariffs on imports to the United States have begun to amount to serious money — and potentially to imperil one of the most resilient economies in American history. CBS News, "How Trump's tariffs on China and Mexico could hurt the U.S. economy," 6 June 2019 Ten billion here, ten billion there: President Donald Trump's escalating tariffs on imports to the United States have begun to amount to serious money — and potentially to imperil one of the most resilient economies in American history. Paul Wisemand And Joyce M. Rosenberg, chicagotribune.com, "How Trump's tariffs on China and Mexico could hurt the U.S. economy," 6 June 2019 Justice Center reporter Cory Shaffer offers his insights into why Synenberg took such a dangerous step, one that imperils his law license and his freedom. cleveland.com, "Lawyer Roger Synenberg’s astounding bad judgment, disturbing jail videos, Ohio’s Amazon cash bonanza, update on bikelife’s Streetgod and Armond Budish’s “gotcha guy” – This Week in the CLE," 6 June 2019 The company announced the decision, which will imperil 3,500 jobs and possibly many more, at a news conference in Tokyo. Danica Kirka, The Seattle Times, "Honda to shut plant in Brexit-shaken Britain," 20 Feb. 2019 That literally any change to the political system of a fast-changing country will be seen as a grubby scheme for partisan advantage creates a lock-in problem that imperils our future. Ezra Klein, Vox, "The rigging of American politics," 16 Oct. 2018 Some Conservative candidates are adopting a damage-control strategy ahead of a vote this month that threatens to further imperil British Prime Minister Theresa May and her ruling party: Don’t mention Brexit. Max Colchester, WSJ, "Whisper Campaign: U.K. Conservatives Steer Clear of Brexit Ahead of Elections," 1 May 2019 But a redrawing of the map could boost Democrats by imperiling more Republican incumbents – including Reps. Samuel Chamberlain, Fox News, "Court ruling against North Carolina districts could leave House control in limbo until 2019," 28 Aug. 2018 The exodus of Chinese investors comes as rising interest rates imperil long-running bull markets in many U.S. and European cities. Dominique Fong, WSJ, "Chinese Investors Back Away From Global Property Markets," 1 Jan. 2019

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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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