[ en-deyn-jerd ]
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  1. threatened with a danger: endangered lives of trapped coal miners.

  2. Biology, Ecology. generally perceived as threatened with extinction: In 1967, the U.S. government declared the bald eagle endangered, but the national bird’s population recovery since then has been remarkable.

  1. Biology, Ecology. (of a threatened plant or animal species) having a very high risk of extinction, second only to the status of critically endangered, as categorized by the IUCN Red List: There are more than 3,600 endangered plant species throughout the world.Abbreviation: EN

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Origin of endangered

First recorded in 1590–1600; endanger + -ed2

Other words from endangered

  • un·en·dan·gered, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for endangered


/ (ɪnˈdeɪndʒəd) /

  1. in danger: used esp of animals in danger of extinction: the giant panda is an endangered species

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