- to put in jeopardy; hazard; risk; imperil: He jeopardized his life every time he dived from the tower.
Also especially British, jeop·ard·ise.
Origin of jeopardize
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Examples from the Web for jeopardize
Air traffic controllers and pilots together take great care not to fly in conditions that can jeopardize an airplane.Did Bad Weather Bring Down AirAsia 8501?
December 29, 2014
The principle is clear: the design must have multiple redundancies so that no single failure can jeopardize the airplane.Virgin Galactic’s Flight Path to Disaster: A Clash of High Risk and Hyperbole
November 1, 2014
So many of the big media players are afraid to jeopardize access, or personal relationships.How TMZ Claims Its Celebrity Scalps, Like Ray Rice
September 10, 2014
You couldn't write an honest assessment for what percentage of your daughter's life you were willing to jeopardize.Whatever You Do Someone Will Die. A Short Story About Impossible Choices in Iraq
Nathan Bradley Bethea
August 31, 2014
Republicans have also raised concerns that the release of the report could jeopardize security at U.S. facilities overseas.You're About to See What Obama Calls 'Torture'
Josh Rogin, Eli Lake
August 1, 2014
Or if he did, he was diplomatic enough not to jeopardize his post by babbling of it to me.
By a word he could have done it, yet he feared lest that word must jeopardize his brother.
Were he to accede to such a proposal as Oliver now made him, assuredly he must jeopardize all that.
In any event, she had no right to jeopardize this honest Chinaman's safety by refusing it.Tales of the Argonauts
Howard had confessed, so why should she jeopardize her good name uselessly?The Third Degree
Charles Klein and Arthur Hornblow
- to risk; hazardhe jeopardized his job by being persistently unpunctual
- to put in danger; imperil
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Word Origin and History for jeopardize
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