Definition of danger in English:

danger

noun

mass noun
  • 1The possibility of suffering harm or injury.

    ‘his life was in danger’
    • ‘He said up to 30 jobs in total are in danger and it is critical that these workers are maintained.’
    • ‘Tips are given on how pupils can make sure they are safe in everyday situations, and what they should do if they think they are in danger.’
    • ‘We continually stressed that we were leaving so we would be safe and that we were not in danger.’
    • ‘They argued that the development put the health and safety of employees and road users in the area in danger.’
    • ‘How would you feel if your whole family was in danger?’
    • ‘I had to warn my real family of the possible danger that they could be in so that they would be safe.’
    • ‘Scientists feel that the species is in danger if the entire population is located at one place.’
    • ‘It provides that the person concerned should not be returned to a country or area where they would be in danger.’
    • ‘If freedom of choice is in danger for some ethnic groups, it is in danger for all.’
    • ‘Thieves are putting drivers' lives in danger by stealing roadside safety signs in a north west beauty spot.’
    • ‘But thankfully no-one was hurt, none of the other properties were in danger, and all is well.’
    • ‘Thames Coastguard at Walton said swimmers had been getting out of their depth and putting their lives in danger.’
    • ‘Their training had placed not only them in danger, but also their workmates and the community.’
    • ‘Decent people should be able to conduct their business and go about their work without being in danger.’
    • ‘It wasn't the thrill of danger that appealed to her, because she didn't actually realise there would be any.’
    • ‘Anyone seeing other birds in danger on the river can contact the charity.’
    • ‘Firefighters left picket lines during strikes last November to help fight fires in which lives were in danger.’
    • ‘Even firemen during their recent industrial action answered the call where life was in danger.’
    • ‘Now that the weather is encouraging gardeners to get out and start cutting and digging, hedgehogs are in danger.’
    • ‘Realising the toddler was in danger Valerie, who cannot swim, went into the pool and pulled her out of the water.’
    peril, hazard, risk, jeopardy, endangerment, imperilment, insecurity
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    1. 1.1count noun A cause or likely cause of harm or injury.
      ‘the dangers of smoking’
      • ‘I want to do something that will alert other children to the dangers of household products.’
      • ‘It was a good way to get the message out to people worldwide about the dangers of smoking.’
      • ‘The government have the proof of the dangers of smoking, yet this is a legal drug.’
      • ‘The accident once again highlights the dangers of swimming in unsuitable waters.’
      • ‘We should be wary of dangers to our liberty and privacy with the excuse of security.’
      • ‘Firefighters are warning homeowners about the dangers of leaving their gas oven on.’
      • ‘He warned children of the dangers of smoking, poor diet and a lack of exercise.’
      • ‘The horrible reality of warfare and the inherent dangers it poses have been very much to the fore.’
      • ‘His parents had divorced and there was no one to keep an eye on him and warn him of the dangers of drugs.’
      • ‘They recommended all hospital set up specific teams to deal with the dangers of blood clots.’
      • ‘Becuase of the dangers involved, we thought it best to ask for volunteers to try out the great ski jump.’
      • ‘The dangers of harm to civilians are much greater in the case of action against a state.’
      • ‘He said he was sure he was aware of the inherent dangers in motorcycle racing.’
      • ‘More pubs are becoming smoke free as more people understand the dangers of smoking.’
      • ‘Youths have been warned by firefighters about the dangers of starting rubbish fires.’
      • ‘Then they will discover the dangers of knowing the price of everything and the value of nothing.’
      • ‘His employers never warned him about the dangers nor did they provide him with a suitable mask.’
      • ‘They were given suitable advice about the dangers of driving on Salisbury plain.’
      • ‘Exaggerating the wrong dangers can mean missing the ones that are really important.’
      • ‘One of the dangers in our western society is that we replace people with materialism.’
      menace, hazard, threat, risk, peril
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    2. 1.2 The possibility of something unwelcome or unpleasant happening.
      ‘she was in danger of being exploited’
      ‘there was no danger of the champagne running out’
      • ‘Now there is the danger that when the people enjoy the plenty of the land they will forget God.’
      • ‘Even so, there's always the danger that new providers might not be able to live up to their own hype.’
      • ‘There is also the danger that young players can subconsciously go out there just hoping not to lose rather than thinking we can win.’
      • ‘There is always the danger that exposing the humanity of these monsters makes them sympathetic.’
      • ‘Ironically, its biggest threat is the very real danger that it could become the victim of its own success.’
      • ‘There is the danger that Tate Britain could look very provincial in its concerns and its displays.’
      • ‘There is the danger that the precautionary principle causes its own harm.’
      • ‘But there is a very real danger that some people could look at this programme and draw the wrong conclusions.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘There was this great danger that I was going to lose all my copyright.’
      • ‘There is the danger that the hub nuts will come off and then the wheels drop off.’
      • ‘There is a very great and real danger that this century will be mankind's last.’
      • ‘But there is a very realistic danger that a cash crisis could trip them up on the way to the altar.’
      • ‘There is the danger that the political process of democratization will grind to a halt.’
      • ‘There is a very real danger that, with an election in the offing, he may be swayed by those who shout the loudest.’
      • ‘So there is the danger that half the value of the clothing could end up elsewhere, perhaps under a residuary bequest.’
      • ‘With pipes frozen, there was danger that the back boiler on his fire would explode.’
      • ‘There is also the danger that the scheduled transfer of power by the end of June will fail to materialize.’
      • ‘Since Cristal is so fashionable at the moment there is the danger that it will stop being trendy.’
      • ‘As long as there continues to be a danger that such things will happen again, the risk remains.’
      possibility, chance, risk, probability, likelihood, fear, prospect
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    3. 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’
      • ‘The ballot is in protest at several drivers who have been relegated to platform work after passing signals at danger.’
      • ‘Reverting to the older kind of level crossing where the signals would be set to danger until the road is halted and safely closed off.’
      • ‘Both involved a train passing a signal at danger and resulted in coaches being destroyed by fire.’
      • ‘AWS can be overridden by the driver and does, not, therefore stop a driver passing a signal at danger.’
      • ‘It had been passed at danger eight times before the Paddington disaster.’
      • ‘PASSENGERS ' lives are daily being put at risk by a failure to crack down on trains which pass signals at danger.’

Phrases

  • 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’
      • ‘The English supporter who received stab wounds - thought to have followed clashes with local Turkish youths - is now said to be out of danger.’
      • ‘He was admitted to a near by hospital and is stated to be out of danger.’
      • ‘He was admitted to the hospital, and was stated to be out of danger.’
      • ‘It was a day before doctors said Melessa was out of danger and she could see Lauren.’
      • ‘The report also noted that Gupta is in stable condition recovering at Bombay Hospital. and is out of danger.’
      • ‘Now doctors say she is out of danger and could be in a children's ward by the end of the week.’
      • ‘She was rushed to the General Hospital, Sector 6, and is now stated to be out of danger.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘We are glad to get this good news, but she is far from being out of danger, and this will affect the rest of her life.’
      • ‘The 11 injured people who are residents and pedestrians were said to be out of danger after treatment.’
      • ‘The two were hospitalised and stated to be out of danger.’
      • ‘However a hospital staffer last night said that he was ‘all right’, was communicating and was out of danger.’
      • ‘He is keeping a bedside vigil with his partner who is said to be out of danger but very uncomfortable.’
      • ‘Melinda's fever decreased slightly, but enough that the doctor believed that she was out of danger for the time being.’
      • ‘She drove to the hospital and found her daughter barely conscious but out of danger.’
      • ‘Doctors battled for three hours to save her and it was five days before she was out of danger.’
      • ‘The injured were immediately rushed to the trauma centre at Karnal where 10 persons are said to be out of danger.’
      • ‘Maghrabi quoted doctors on Friday as saying the Frenchman, who had been in a critical condition, was out of danger.’
      • ‘Doctors said the man, who was bleeding heavily when brought in by an ambulance, was now out of danger.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

danger

/ˈdeɪn(d)ʒə/