jeopardize

[jep-er-dahyz]
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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.
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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Related Words for jeopardize

threaten, imperil, peril, risk, stake, hazard, chance, gamble

Examples from the Web for jeopardize

Contemporary Examples of jeopardize

Historical Examples of jeopardize

  • 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.

    The Sea-Hawk

    Raphael Sabatini

  • Were he to accede to such a proposal as Oliver now made him, assuredly he must jeopardize all that.

    The Sea-Hawk

    Raphael Sabatini

  • In any event, she had no right to jeopardize this honest Chinaman's safety by refusing it.

  • Howard had confessed, so why should she jeopardize her good name uselessly?

    The Third Degree

    Charles Klein and Arthur Hornblow


British Dictionary definitions for jeopardize

jeopardize

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 jeopardize
v.

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

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