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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Any acknowledgment that the powder isn’t safe could imperil not just sales but the entire company’s image, marketing experts say. Sara Randazzo, WSJ, "J&J Slammed by Concern Over Baby Powder Safety," 17 Dec. 2018 The island vanished seemingly overnight, imperiling the already fragile monk seal population of 1,400 worldwide, many of which proliferate in the region. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "A Remote Hawaiian Island Disappeared Completely Following a Hurricane," 24 Oct. 2018 With more than 3 million people displaced by war, and with the economy besieged and in ruins, the United Nations says the risk of famine could imperil 22 million people – about three-quarters of the population. Alan Sipress, Washington Post, "Five reasons the crisis in Yemen matters," 8 June 2018 Orwell has become a touchstone for those who see the pursuit of truth as imperiled. New York Times, "New & Noteworthy," 1 May 2018 Even if the majority of scientists and countries follow proper protocols, a single unilateral actor could imperil human civilization. R. Daniel Bressler, Vox, "“Designer bugs”: how the next pandemic might come from a lab," 6 Dec. 2018 Thunderstorms are likely during the afternoon and evening hours over Cape Canaveral, and while these should clear before the launch window opens, lingering cumulus and thick clouds may imperil the attempt. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "SpaceX launches heavy telecom satellite, sticks high-seas landing," 10 Sep. 2018 The tariffs could imperil future sales of antiques collections like the Linyushanren Collection, a set of Chinese ceramics from the medieval Song Dynasty assembled by a Japanese collector. Andrew Duehren, WSJ, "The Art of the Trade Deal: Chinese Paintings and Antiquities Caught in U.S.-China Fight," 1 Sep. 2018 And frankly, imperil the party's prospects in the midterms. Fox News, "Ingraham: When the inmates run the immigration asylum," 26 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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