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imperil

[ im-per-uhl ]
/ ɪmˈpɛr əl /
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verb (used with object), im·per·iled, im·per·il·ing or (especially British) im·per·illed, im·per·il·ling.

to put in peril or danger; endanger.

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RELATED WORDS

endanger, jeopardize, compromise, menace, expose, peril, risk, hazard, jeopardy, jeopard

Nearby words

imperial war museum, imperialism, imperialist, imperialistic, imperially, imperil, imperious, imperishable, imperium, impermanence, impermanent

Origin of imperil

First recorded in 1590–1600; im-1 + peril
SYNONYMS FOR imperil
Related formsim·per·il·ment, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for imperilled

imperil

/ (ɪmˈpɛrɪl) /

verb -rils, -rilling or -rilled or US -rils, -riling or -riled

(tr) to place in danger or jeopardy; endanger
Derived Formsimperilment, noun
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Word Origin and History for imperilled

imperil


v.

1590s, from assimilated form of in- "into, in" (see in- (2)) + peril. Related: Imperiled; imperiling.

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