- 1The possibility of suffering harm or injury: his life was in dangerMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.1A person or thing that is likely to cause harm or injury: infertile soils where drought is a dangerMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.2The possibility of something unwelcome or unpleasant: there was no danger of the champagne running outMore example sentences
- 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 railroad signal indicating that the line is not clear and that a train should not proceed.More example sentences
- 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 extinctionMore example sentences
- 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.More example sentences
- 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'.