threatened with a danger: endangered lives of trapped coal miners.
threatened with extinction: The bald eagle may be endangered.

Nearby words

  1. endamage,
  2. endameba,
  3. endamoeba,
  4. endangeitis,
  5. endanger,
  6. endangered species,
  7. endangerment,
  8. endangiitis,
  9. endaortitis,
  10. endarch

Origin of endangered

First recorded in 1590–1600; endanger + -ed2

Related formsun·en·dan·gered, adjective



verb (used with object)

to expose to danger; imperil: It was foolish to endanger your life in that way.

Origin of endanger

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50; see origin at en-1, danger

Related formsen·dan·ger·ment, noun

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Examples from the Web for endangered

British Dictionary definitions for endangered



in danger: used esp of animals in danger of extinctionthe giant panda is an endangered species



(tr) to put in danger or peril; imperil
Derived Formsendangerment, noun

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Word Origin and History for endangered



late 15c., from en- (1) "make, put in" + danger. Related: Endangered; endangering. Endangered species first recorded 1964.

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