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danger

Line breaks: dan¦ger
Pronunciation: /ˈdeɪn(d)ʒə
 
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Definition of danger in English:

noun

[mass noun]
1The possibility of suffering harm or injury: his life was in danger
More 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.
Synonyms
1.1 [count noun] A cause or likely cause of harm or injury: the dangers of smoking
More 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.
Synonyms
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
More 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.
Synonyms
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
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.

Origin

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

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  • 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.

Phrases

out of danger

1
(Of a person who has suffered a serious injury or illness) not expected to die: the hospital said she was out of immediate danger
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.

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