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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
The danger now is that the Fed, having stepped on the gas too hard in recent years to keep the economy motoring forward, is now stomping on the brakes and risking a crash. Irina Ivanova, CBS News, 21 Mar. 2023 His words were that of caution in a sense, highlighting the danger of a team sitting in the bottom of the Western Conference cellar for the third time in the last three seasons. Michael Shapiro, Chron, 21 Mar. 2023 The neighbor was concerned because the two-ton beasts could pose a danger to her young children. Daniel Kreps, Rolling Stone, 19 Mar. 2023 Temperatures are forecast to skirt the danger zone for blossom damage this weekend, with lows expected in the upper 20s to near 30 early Sunday and early Monday mornings. Scott Dance, Washington Post, 18 Mar. 2023 Larrick said there will always be an option of no action but failing to act will, in time, create a danger. Arlyssa D. Becenti, The Arizona Republic, 18 Mar. 2023 Pirates doing just enough to stay out of the danger zone. Jr Radcliffe, Journal Sentinel, 17 Mar. 2023 In particular situations where waiting for the power to come back on could pose a special danger, this generator makes sure all your needs are met. Bradley Ford, Popular Mechanics, 17 Mar. 2023 None of the instruments pose a danger to people or animals, officials said, adding the aircraft are flown by experienced pilots that are trained an approved for low-level flying. Leada Gore | Lgore@al.com, al, 15 Mar. 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 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 26 Mar. 2023.

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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