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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Also imperiled were the Bahamas , where canned food and bottled water were disappearing quickly and the sound of hammering echoed across the islands as people boarded up their homes. Washington Post, "Dorian becomes a Category 4 monster powering toward Florida," 31 Aug. 2019 Also imperiled were the Bahamas, where canned food and bottled water were disappearing quickly from shelves and the sound of hammering echoed across the islands as people boarded up their homes. Ellis Rua, BostonGlobe.com, "Fierce Category 4 Dorian strengthens en route to Bahamas," 31 Aug. 2019 Also imperiled were the Bahamas, where the sound of hammering echoed across the islands as people boarded up their homes. Author: Adriana Gomez Licon, Ellis Rua, Anchorage Daily News, "Hurricane Dorian puts 10 million Floridians in its path," 30 Aug. 2019 Also imperiled were the Bahamas, with Dorian’s expected track running just to the north of Great Abaco and Grand Bahama islands. Adriana Gomez Licon, The Denver Post, "Florida braces for Hurricane Dorian, Monday landfall expected," 29 Aug. 2019 The agreement has been increasingly imperiled since the United States abandoned the accord more than a year ago and renewed its own sanctions on Iran. New York Times, "E.U. Ministers, Scrambling to Save Iran Nuclear Deal, Play Down Breaches," 15 July 2019 Several decades into the age of digital media, the ability to leave one’s childhood and adolescent years behind is now imperiled. Kate Eichhorn, WIRED, "Social Media Could Make It Impossible to Grow Up," 8 July 2019 The actual well-being of these places is imperiled in part by our refusal to see them clearly. Marilynne Robinson, Harper's magazine, "Is Poverty Necessary?," 10 June 2019 Dominguez, the union president, said the district attorney has needlessly imperiled convictions by revisiting an issue that was already settled. James Queally, Los Angeles Times, "Court filing raises new questions about Orange County’s handling of informant scandal," 22 Aug. 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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