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dan·​ger ˈdān-jər How to pronounce danger (audio)
: 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
: a case or cause of danger
the dangers of mining
archaic : jurisdiction
You stand within his danger, do you not? Shakespeare
obsolete : reach, range
… out of the shot and danger of desire. Shakespeare
obsolete : harm, damage
… a sting in him that at his will he may do danger with. Shakespeare


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dangered; dangering; dangers

Example Sentences

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
Joseph Woodall, 26, who manages the truck, said the two students didn’t seem to be in distress or danger. Amir Vera, CNN, 17 Nov. 2022 Manatees in other parts of Florida are not in danger from lack of food and do not need the romaine and butterleaf lettuce the state will provide on the state's east coast, officials said. Curt Anderson, Sun Sentinel, 16 Nov. 2022 Paired with low humidity, the high winds prompted the National Weather Service to issue a red flag warning for fire danger most of the day Wednesday for much of Ventura County and western areas of Los Angeles County, including Malibu. Los Angeles Times, 14 Nov. 2022 Silver argues that grazing has already led to the loss of riparian systems in danger from extensive drought, the effects of climate change and pressure from cattle grazing. Jake Frederico, The Arizona Republic, 14 Nov. 2022 Brent Venables' tough start continued with a 23-20 loss to West Virginia, dropping Oklahoma to 5-5 and in legitimate danger of missing the postseason with games against Oklahoma State and Texas Tech to close the regular season. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, 13 Nov. 2022 In fact, wearing their uniforms often put them in more danger. Jameelah Nasheed, Essence, 11 Nov. 2022 And there’s that immediate danger of people who are looking for Luke. Erica Gonzales, ELLE, 10 Nov. 2022 To Megan and her supporters, the shooting demonstrates the disrespect and danger Black women routinely face. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, 9 Nov. 2022
But the proximity to danger in Taesung is mixed with an odd sense of security. Motoko Rich, New York Times, 20 Apr. 2017 See More

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Word History


Noun and Verb

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

First Known Use


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


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 30 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition



: the state of not being protected from injury, harm, or evil
: something that may cause injury or harm
the dangers of the jungle

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