imperil

verb
im·per·il | \im-ˈper-əl, -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, -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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Each year the board accuses roughly 300 doctors of violations that imperil their medical license. Soumya Karlamangla, latimes.com, "A California doctor is selling 13-second recordings of hissing sounds to patients. But the medical board isn't buying it," 25 May 2018 But today the administration’s trade policy is beginning to create a level of uncertainty that could imperil the recovery. Phil Gramm And, WSJ, "Trump’s Trade Threats Are Hurting Growth," 9 May 2018 Candid, gossipy and occasionally imperiled by demons, Margery Kempe was a 15th-century mystic and the author of a terrific medieval tell-all. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, "10 Plays and Musicals to Go to in N.Y.C. This Weekend," 5 July 2018 Pointing to protectionist trade policies enacted in 1930 that exacerbated the Great Depression, Rep. Cueller warned that Trump’s policies could imperil the global economy. Carl Prine, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Mattis acknowledges 'unusual ways' of administration, calls for patience at Asian talks," 2 June 2018 But as Alan Crawford writes, the nativism sweeping the continent is imperiling the chancellor and the entire European Union project. Caroline Alexander, Bloomberg.com, "A Retirement, a Failed Coup and a Taboo: Weekend Reads," 30 June 2018 Now, the world’s fortunes are imperiled by an unfolding trade war. New York Times, "Just the Fear of a Trade War Is Straining the Global Economy," 16 June 2018 The nation’s first president never said that, but Green insists the Bible was central to the creation of the United States and is now imperiled. Nina Burleigh, Newsweek, "The Messiah Cometh: Hobby Lobby's Museum of the Bible Descends on the Nation's Capital," 7 Apr. 2016 But hardly anyone seems to believe she’s imperiled. USA TODAY, "'Pivot counties' will be key in fight for Senate control," 10 July 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

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

imperil

verb
im·per·il | \im-ˈper-əl \
imperiled or imperilled; imperiling or imperilling

Kids Definition of imperil

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

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