danger

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noun

dan·​ger ˈdān-jər How to pronounce danger (audio)
1
: exposure or liability to injury, pain, harm, or loss
a place where children could play without danger
was assured her job was not in danger
2
: a case or cause of danger
the dangers of mining
3
a
archaic : jurisdiction
You stand within his danger, do you not?Shakespeare
b
obsolete : reach, range
… out of the shot and danger of desire.Shakespeare
4
obsolete : harm, damage
… a sting in him that at his will he may do danger with.Shakespeare

danger

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verb

dangered; dangering; dangers

Examples of danger in a Sentence

Noun I was unaware of the danger that lay ahead. She was fearless in the face of danger. The sign on the door read “Danger. Keep out.” There's less danger that you'll lose your money if you have a wide variety of investments. There's a danger that your apology will be taken as a sign of weakness. The danger is that we'll become careless as the process becomes more familiar. It's important to teach your children about the dangers of smoking. Here is a list of possible dangers associated with the procedure. We believe it poses a serious danger to our national security. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Yet Navarro said the first sign of danger was not his phone buzzing, but the blazespreading below. Terrence McCoy, Washington Post, 10 Feb. 2024 Pembroke Park Police Chief Ra Shana Dabney-Donovan was informed of the possible danger and approached the commission to discuss the matter. Devoun Cetoute, Miami Herald, 10 Feb. 2024 On most summer days, the biggest danger comes from stingrays that bury themselves just beneath the sand in knee-deep water near shore. Jack Dolan, Los Angeles Times, 9 Feb. 2024 The danger for those gathered at Tennessee’s Highlander Folk School doesn’t merely exist outside the classroom’s walls. David John Chávez, The Mercury News, 7 Feb. 2024 Communion eases the isolation of grief, creating a pathway for hope. 2020 has set the stage for a decade defined by its crises, with mass death disasters and dangers at every corner. Mathew Holloway, San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 Feb. 2024 The legal team added that Sweeney’s live updates of where Swift’s private jets were traveling represented a danger to the pop star. Etan Vlessing, The Hollywood Reporter, 7 Feb. 2024 Moreover, even with a two-year stock slump, there seems to be very little danger of a broad shareholder revolt against CEO Bob Iger. Cynthia Littleton, Variety, 7 Feb. 2024 The three judges cast Mr. Trump’s immunity claims as a danger to the nation’s constitutional system. Charlie Savage, New York Times, 6 Feb. 2024
Verb
Thankfully, her mother survived, but Cardenas-Haro questioned the decision not to activate sirens that might have alerted people to danger earlier. Kerry Breen, CBS News, 17 Aug. 2023 Trackside devices known as hot bearing detectors are designed to scan a passing train and alert crews to danger. Luz Lazo and Ian Duncan, BostonGlobe.com, 23 June 2023 Up to that point, being close enough to danger to report on it with accuracy had become a way of life. Mark Guarino, ABC News, 15 Mar. 2023 Our heads are great with facts and logic, our hearts speak our desires, and our gut senses danger. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 5 May 2023 On or off the clock, the first responders of 9-1-1 are no strangers to danger. Patrick Gomez, EW.com, 17 Mar. 2023 What starts as an innocuous activity often spirals into disruption and sometimes danger as new groups of people continually trying to outdo prior participants. Adario Strange, Quartz, 5 July 2022 Some scientists say such behavior is not always playfulness and can instead be an attempt to alert others to danger. From Usa Today Network and Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 30 Sep. 2021 Most warning systems use audible cues to alert people to danger. Madalyn Amato, Los Angeles Times, 1 Sep. 2021 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun and Verb

Middle English daunger, from Anglo-French dangier, dongier, from Vulgar Latin *dominiarium, from Latin dominium ownership

First Known Use

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3a

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of danger was in the 13th century

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Cite this Entry

“Danger.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/danger. Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

danger

noun
dan·​ger
ˈdān-jər
1
: the state of not being protected from injury, harm, or evil
2
: something that may cause injury or harm
the dangers of the jungle

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