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[jep-er-dahyz] /ˈdʒɛp ərˌdaɪz/
verb (used with object), jeopardized, jeopardizing.
to put in jeopardy; hazard; risk; imperil:
He jeopardized his life every time he dived from the tower.
Also, especially British, jeopardise.
Origin of jeopardize
1640-50; jeopard(y) + -ize
Related forms
rejeopardize, verb (used with object), rejeopardized, rejeopardizing.
unjeopardized, adjective Unabridged
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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


verb (transitive)
to risk; hazard: he jeopardized his job by being persistently unpunctual
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.



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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