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jeopardize

or (especially British) jeopardise

[jep-er-dahyz] /ˈdʒɛp ərˌdaɪz/
verb (used with object), jeopardized, jeopardizing.
1.
to put in jeopardy; hazard; risk; imperil:
He jeopardized his life every time he dived from the tower.
Origin of jeopardize
1640-1650
1640-50; jeopard(y) + -ize
Related forms
rejeopardize, verb (used with object), rejeopardized, rejeopardizing.
unjeopardized, adjective
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  • And, though the twins forbade her to jeopardise his life, she hoped to hear him gallantly offer to fight monsieur Vance.

    To Tell You the Truth Leonard Merrick
  • Quarrels with fellow-courtiers continued to jeopardise his fortunes.

  • Further, another sort of difficulty will jeopardise the chances of success.

    Mount Everest the Reconnaissance, 1921 Charles Kenneth Howard-Bury
  • They reply that by declaring the assertions to be untenable we jeopardise the principles.

  • The Adelantado earnestly conjured them not to jeopardise the territory of Maiobanexius solely in the interests of Guarionex.

    De Orbe Novo, Volume 1 (of 2) Trans. by Francis Augustus MacNutt
  • 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
  • Break it down and you bruise and jeopardise the flower of life.

    The History of David Grieve Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • He had been so frightened by Nani and others that he feared he might jeopardise everything by inconsiderate endeavours.

  • The time had passed when Wall Street could jeopardise the commerce of the country.

    T. De Witt Talmage T. De Witt Talmage
British Dictionary definitions for jeopardise

jeopardize

/ˈdʒɛpəˌdaɪz/
verb (transitive)
1.
to risk; hazard: he jeopardized his job by being persistently unpunctual
2.
to put in danger; imperil
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Word Origin and History for jeopardise
v.

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

jeopardize

v.

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

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