Definition of danger in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈdānjər/


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.
peril, hazard, risk, jeopardy;
perilousness, riskiness, precariousness, uncertainty, instability, insecurity
1.1A person or thing that is likely to cause harm or injury: infertile soils where drought is a danger
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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
informal death trap, widow-maker
1.2The possibility of something unwelcome or unpleasant: 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.
possibility, chance, risk, probability, likelihood, fear, prospect
1.3British The status of a railroad signal indicating that the line is not clear and that a train should not proceed.
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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.



in danger of

Likely to incur or to suffer from: the animal is in danger of extinction
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  • It is a special place in a wonderful setting and is in danger of just becoming a town park rather than a country park.
  • We are in danger of simply looking at the issues of the hospitals in isolation.
  • We could be in danger of not addressing the skills shortages we need to address.

out of danger

(Of a person who has suffered a serious injury or illness) not expected to die.
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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.


Middle English: from Old French dangier, based on Latin dominus 'lord'. The original sense was 'jurisdiction or power', specifically 'power to harm', hence the current meaning 'liability to be harmed'.

  • From the early Middle Ages into the 19th century danger meant ‘jurisdiction, power’, originally ‘the power of a lord and master, power to harm’. This reflects its origin in Latin dominus ‘lord’, the root of which also gave us dame, predominant (mid 16th century), and dungeon. In the later Middle Ages danger developed its main modern sense.

Words that rhyme with danger

arranger, changer, endanger, exchanger, Grainger, hydrangea, manger, ranger, stranger

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Syllabification: dan·ger

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