imperil

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im- +‎ peril

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imperil (third-person singular simple present imperils, present participle (UK) imperilling or (US) imperiling, simple past and past participle (UK) imperilled or (US) imperiled)

  1. (transitive) To put into peril; to place in danger.
    • 2006 June, Jeffrey Winters, Wind Out of Their Sails, in Mechanical Engineering, page 31:
      Boating and fishing groups contend that the 130 [wind energy] towers would be a navigation hazard and offshore construction would imperil the fisheries.
  2. (transitive) To risk or hazard.

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