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verb (used with object), jeop·ard·ized, jeop·ard·iz·ing.
  1. to put in jeopardy; hazard; risk; imperil: He jeopardized his life every time he dived from the tower.
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Also especially British, jeop·ard·ise.

Origin of jeopardize

First recorded in 1640–50; jeopard(y) + -ize
Related formsre·jeop·ard·ize, verb (used with object), re·jeop·ard·ized, re·jeop·ard·iz·ing.un·jeop·ard·ized, adjective
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Examples from the Web for jeopardise

Historical Examples of jeopardise

  • But to go back was to jeopardise the reputation of the Battalion.

    The Story of the 2/4th Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry

    G. K. Rose

  • Quarrels with fellow-courtiers continued to jeopardise his fortunes.

  • They reply that by declaring the assertions to be untenable we jeopardise the principles.

  • But the objection was not strong enough to induce him to jeopardise his own character.

    Thomas Moore

    Stephen Gwynn

  • It might be imprudent;—it might be a wrong done to his father to jeopardise the necklace.

    Ayala's Angel

    Anthony Trollope

British Dictionary definitions for jeopardise



verb (tr)
  1. to risk; hazardhe jeopardized his job by being persistently unpunctual
  2. to put in danger; imperil
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Word Origin and History for jeopardise


chiefly British English spelling of jeopardize; for suffix, see -ize. Related: Jeopardised; jeopardising.

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1640s, from jeopardy + -ize. Related: Jeopardized; jeopardizing. As a verb, Middle English used simple jeopard (late 14c.).

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