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1 the condition of being susceptible to harm or injury; "you are in no danger"; "there was widespread danger of disease" [ant: safety]
2 a venture undertaken without regard to possible loss or injury; "he saw the rewards but not the risks of crime"; "there was a danger he would do the wrong thing" [syn: risk, peril]
3 a cause of pain or injury or loss; "he feared the dangers of traveling by air"
4 a dangerous place; "He moved out of danger"

User Contributed Dictionary



From Latin dominium through Middle English daunger and Anglo-French dangier


  • /deɪn.ʤə/ (RP)
  • ˈdeɪndʒɝ (US)


  1. Able to harm; subjection or liability to penalty. See In one's danger, below.
    "You stand within his danger, do you not?" (Shakespeare, Merchant of Venice, 4:1:180)
  2. Difficulty; sparingness.
  3. Coyness; disdainful behavior.
  4. A place where one is in the hands of the enemy.
  5. Exposure to liable harm.
    "Danger is a good teacher, and makes apt scholars" (Hazlitt, Table talk).
  6. An instance or cause of liable harm.
    "Two territorial questions..unsettled..each of which was a positive danger to the peace of Europe" (Times, 5 Sept. 3/2).
  7. Mischief.
    "We put a Sting in him, / That at his will he may doe danger with" (Shakespeare, Julius Caesar, 2:1:17).

Derived terms


exposure to liable harm
  • Czech: nebezpečí
  • Danish: fare
  • Dutch: gevaar
  • Finnish: vaara, uhka
  • German: Gefahr, Risiko
  • Hungarian: veszély
  • Indonesian: bahaya
  • Russian: опасность
instance or cause of liable harm
  • Czech: nebezpečí
  • Danish: fare
  • Dutch: gevaar
  • Finnish: uhka, vaara
  • German: Gefahr, Bedrohung
  • Hebrew: סכנה (sakana)
  • Indonesian: bahaya
  • Kurdish:
  • Russian: опасность, угроза


  1. To claim liability.
  2. To imperil; to endanger.
  3. To run the risk.

Related terms


  • Oxford English Dictionary

Extensive Definition

Danger can refer to either of the following :
Daner-Kaitlyn M. or Joe Jonas


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