Definition of danger in English:


Line breaks: dan¦ger
Pronunciation: /ˈdeɪn(d)ʒə


[mass noun]
1The possibility of suffering harm or injury: his life was in danger
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  • If freedom of choice is in danger for some ethnic groups, it is in danger for all.
  • But thankfully no-one was hurt, none of the other properties were in danger, and all is well.
  • We continually stressed that we were leaving so we would be safe and that we were not in danger.
1.1 [count noun] A cause or likely cause of harm or injury: the dangers of smoking
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  • The dangers of harm to civilians are much greater in the case of action against a state.
  • He warned children of the dangers of smoking, poor diet and a lack of exercise.
  • It was a good way to get the message out to people worldwide about the dangers of smoking.
menace, hazard, threat, risk, peril; source of apprehension, source of dread, source of fright, source of fear, source of terror
1.2The possibility of something unwelcome or unpleasant happening: she was in danger of being exploited there was no danger of the champagne running out
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  • There is a very real danger that, with an election in the offing, he may be swayed by those who shout the loudest.
  • There was this great danger that I was going to lose all my copyright.
  • If the proposed plans go ahead there is a very real danger that the closure of this business will lead to the loss of this unique service.
1.3British The status of a railway signal indicating that the line is not clear and that a train should not proceed: one of the trains involved passed a signal at danger
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  • The ballot is in protest at several drivers who have been relegated to platform work after passing signals at danger.
  • PASSENGERS ' lives are daily being put at risk by a failure to crack down on trains which pass signals at danger.
  • Both involved a train passing a signal at danger and resulted in coaches being destroyed by fire.


Middle English (in the sense 'jurisdiction or power', specifically 'power to harm'): from Old French dangier, based on Latin dominus 'lord'.


out of danger

(Of a person who has suffered a serious injury or illness) not expected to die: the hospital said she was out of immediate danger
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  • Initially in a critical condition, Katie is out of danger but still poorly and her father said it was hard to watch her suffer.
  • A man in the same car is now thought to be out of danger.
  • Doctors battled for three hours to save her and it was five days before she was out of danger.

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