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.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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



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

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

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