jeopardize

[ jep-er-dahyz ]
/ ˈdʒɛp ərˌdaɪz /

verb (used with object), jeop·ard·ized, jeop·ard·iz·ing.

to put in jeopardy; hazard; risk; imperil: He jeopardized his life every time he dived from the tower.

Nearby words

  1. jensen, johannes vilhelm,
  2. jensenism,
  3. jeon,
  4. jeopard,
  5. jeopardise,
  6. jeopardous,
  7. jeopardy,
  8. jephthah,
  9. jequirity,
  10. jequitinhonha

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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British Dictionary definitions for jeopardize

jeopardize

jeopardise

/ (ˈdʒɛpəˌdaɪz) /

verb (tr)

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

jeopardize

v.

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

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