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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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Examples from the web for jeopardise
  • They demotivate farmers, push them into growing the wrong crops and jeopardise their future access to markets.
  • Pressing them to reduce rates further would jeopardise their ability to attract private capital, inhibiting their growth.
  • The company might also jeopardise its coveted triple-A credit rating.
  • Exonerated and freed, he has staged a comeback that another conviction might jeopardise.
  • Migrants are still unwilling to jeopardise their journey by reporting them.
  • It also leaves them with a criminal record that can jeopardise their immigration status.
  • Over-generous pay settlements will jeopardise economic recovery.
  • Intelligence agencies counter that this would jeopardise investigations.
  • They may not want to jeopardise their wealth and safety by opposing her.
  • Even when capital is available, taking on debt can jeopardise a firm's credit rating.
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.).

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