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

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
Noun
In most cases, determining if a child is in danger with a relative falls to border agents overwhelmed with high numbers of border crossers and not equipped or trained to determine child welfare, advocates said. Rick Jervis, USA TODAY, 23 Jan. 2023 Last week, former President Donald Trump warned Republicans about the political danger of using the debt ceiling issue to try to force cuts in entitlement programs, POLITICO reported. Anthony Man, Sun Sentinel, 23 Jan. 2023 But the lesson of World War II is about the danger of allowing aggressive despots to make gains. Frida Ghitis, CNN, 22 Jan. 2023 Over 600 pages readers are drawn into a world that demonstrates the danger inherent in the collision of wealth and teenage boredom—and, more frighteningly, of what can be hidden on school grounds. Kendra James, Town & Country, 21 Jan. 2023 The juvenescence of their relationship — confined mostly to texting — makes each interaction fraught with the danger of a fatal misstep. Lovia Gyarkye, The Hollywood Reporter, 21 Jan. 2023 But Nicholas Pinter, a professor at the University of California, Davis who researches watersheds, said California needs to be prepared for even bigger events and that requires far more investment in flood defenses and more awareness of its danger. Time, 21 Jan. 2023 But Nicholas Pinter, a professor at the University of California, Davis who researches watersheds, said California needs to be prepared for even bigger events and that requires far more investment in flood defenses and more awareness of its danger. Michael Phillis, BostonGlobe.com, 21 Jan. 2023 But Nicholas Pinter, a professor at the University of California, Davis who researches watersheds, said California needs to be prepared for even bigger events and that requires far more investment in flood defenses and more awareness of its danger. Michael Phillis, Fortune, 20 Jan. 2023
Verb
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

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 2 Feb. 2023.

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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