When you're in danger, it seems likely that you might get hurt. Your mom might warn you that if you don't wear your bicycle helmet, you're in danger of cracking your skull open.

A baby bird teetering on the edge of its nest is in danger, and a driver whose car stalls on railroad tracks is also in danger. When something unpleasant might happen, you can also use the word danger: "We were in danger of running out of guacamole before the party ended." Danger can also be a precarious or perilous place, as when you step up on the curb on a busy street, out of danger.

Definitions of danger

n the condition of being susceptible to harm or injury

“you are in no danger
“there was widespread danger of disease”
the state of being certain that adverse effects will not be caused by some agent under defined conditions
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clear and present danger
a standard for judging when freedom of speech can be abridged
hazardousness, perilousness
the state of being dangerous
the state of being subject to danger or injury
peril, riskiness
a state of danger involving risk
exposure, vulnerability
the state of being vulnerable or exposed
financial risk
the state of being exposed to risk or anxiety
Type of:
condition, status
a state at a particular time

n a cause of pain or injury or loss

“he feared the dangers of traveling by air”
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endangerment, hazard, jeopardy, peril, risk
a source of danger; a possibility of incurring loss or misfortune
powder keg
a potentially explosive state
menace, threat
something that is a source of danger
health hazard
hazard to the health of those exposed to it
moral hazard
(economics) the lack of any incentive to guard against a risk when you are protected against it (as by insurance)
occupational hazard
any condition of a job that can result in illness or injury
sword of Damocles
a constant and imminent peril
yellow peril
the threat to Western civilization said to arise from the power of Asiatic peoples
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causal agency, causal agent, cause
any entity that produces an effect or is responsible for events or results

n a venture undertaken without regard to possible loss or injury

“there was a danger he would do the wrong thing”
peril, risk
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a risk involving danger
a risky and uncertain venture
a risky act or venture
long shot
a venture that involves great risk but promises great rewards
increasing the size of a bet (as in poker)
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any venturesome undertaking especially one with an uncertain outcome

n a dangerous place

“He moved out of danger
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area, country
a particular geographical region of indefinite boundary (usually serving some special purpose or distinguished by its people or culture or geography)

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