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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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  • He did not want to jeopardize his plans for winning her as simple Harry Hawthorne.

    Pretty Geraldine, the New York Salesgirl Mrs. Alex. McVeigh Miller
  • By a word he could have done it, yet he feared lest that word must jeopardize his brother.

    The Sea-Hawk Raphael Sabatini
  • No sensible American woman will jeopardize her good name under such circumstances.

    Happiness and Marriage Elizabeth (Jones) Towne
  • Were he to accede to such a proposal as Oliver now made him, assuredly he must jeopardize all that.

    The Sea-Hawk Raphael Sabatini
  • He dared not jeopardize Loder's position, because he dared not dispense with Loder.

    The Masquerader Katherine Cecil Thurston
British Dictionary definitions for jeopardize


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 jeopardize

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

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