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endangered

[ en-deyn-jerd ]
/ ɛnˈdeɪn dʒərd /
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adjective

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

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Nearby words

endamage, endameba, endamoeba, endangeitis, endanger, endangered, endangered species, endangerment, endangiitis, endaortitis, endarch

Origin of endangered

First recorded in 1590–1600; endanger + -ed2
Related formsun·en·dan·gered, adjective

Definition for endangered (2 of 2)

endanger

[ en-deyn-jeyr ]
/ ɛnˈdeɪn dʒeɪr /

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
SYNONYMS FOR endanger
Related formsen·dan·ger·ment, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for endangered (1 of 2)

endangered

/ (ɪnˈdeɪndʒəd) /

adjective

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

British Dictionary definitions for endangered (2 of 2)

endanger

/ (ɪnˈdeɪndʒə) /

verb

(tr) to put in danger or peril; imperil
Derived Formsendangerment, noun
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Word Origin and History for endangered

endanger


v.

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

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