1. threatened with a danger: endangered lives of trapped coal miners.
  2. threatened with extinction: The bald eagle may be endangered.

verb (used with object)

  1. to expose to danger; imperil: It was foolish to endanger your life in that way.


  1. in danger: used esp of animals in danger of extinctionthe giant panda is an endangered species


  1. (tr) to put in danger or peril; imperil

late 15c., from en- (1) “make, put in” + danger. Related: Endangered; endangering. Endangered species first recorded 1964.

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