Definition of danger noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈdeɪndʒə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdeɪndʒər//
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  1. 1  [uncountable] danger (of something) the possibility of something happening that will injure, harm or kill somebody, or damage or destroy something Danger! Keep Out! Children's lives are in danger every time they cross this road. animals in danger of extinction Doctors said she is now out of danger (= not likely to die). See related entries: Terrorism
  2. 2  [countable, uncountable] the possibility of something bad or unpleasant happening There is no danger of a bush fire now. danger of something The building is in danger of collapsing. How many factory workers are in danger of losing their jobs? ‘Nicky won't find out, will she?’ ‘Oh, no, there's no danger of that.’ danger that… There is a danger that the political disorder of the past will return. See related entries: Terrorism
  3. 3  [countable] danger (to somebody/something) a person or thing that may cause damage, or harm somebody Smoking is a serious danger to health. Police said the man was a danger to the public. the hidden dangers in your home see also endanger See related entries: Terrorism
  4. Word OriginMiddle English (in the sense ‘jurisdiction or power’, specifically ‘power to harm’): from Old French dangier, based on Latin dominus ‘lord’.Extra examples Despite the high levels of radiation, people are now moving back into the danger zone. He recognized the danger signs and gave up smoking. He was admitted to hospital in critical condition, but is now off the danger list. He was convicted of causing danger to other road users. No one foresaw the danger. On their journey across the desert they faced danger of all sorts. One of the biggest dangers facing us may be climate change. She knew that she was now in mortal danger. Some people take crazy risks because they get a thrill from courting danger. The United manager believes Ince is the opposition’s danger man. The animal seemed to sense danger. The biggest danger to gorillas comes from humans. The danger lies in becoming too complacent. The divers were paid danger money for working in such hazardous conditions. The hackers’ actions are a clear and present danger to our banking system. The plant is now in danger of extinction. The pollution from the factory is a public danger. The task was fraught with danger. There are inherent dangers in the system. There is a real danger that the bridge will collapse from the weight of traffic. There is little danger of another crash. There is no danger to the public from these chemicals. They are in grave danger of losing everything. They ran until they were out of danger. They should be paid danger money for the job they’re doing. Vigorous action is needed to avert the danger of runaway inflation. We waited until all danger had passed. We weren’t in any danger. We’re in serious danger of becoming a nation of worriers. We’re only now waking up to the true dangers of pesticides. Where would they hide if danger threatened? the dangers posed by the possession of nuclear weapons the ever-present danger of crime ‘Nicky won’t find out, will she?’ ‘Oh, no, there’s no danger of that.’ Children’s lives are in danger every time they cross this road. Danger! Keep Out! Doctors said she is now out of danger. There are around 5 000 species of animals in danger of extinction. There are many hidden dangers for small children in the home.Idioms
    be on/off the danger list
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    (British English) to be so ill/sick that you may die; to no longer be very ill/sick
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: danger