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jeopardize

[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.
Also, especially British, jeopardise.
Origin
1640-1650
1640-50; jeopard(y) + -ize
Related forms
rejeopardize, verb (used with object), rejeopardized, rejeopardizing.
unjeopardized, adjective
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  • By being forced to live hand to mouth, people naturally will become fearful of any change that might jeopardize the status quo.
  • Left unchecked, a bacteria buildup could jeopardize space missions.
  • But obtaining a sufficient number of stem cells from a donor cornea can jeopardize it.
  • It might also jeopardize your ability to get insurance.
  • She hoped this fact wouldn't jeopardize my interest in the job offer, but her hands were tied.
  • He's punting, because he knows to do otherwise would jeopardize his second term.
  • However, a coal company plans to mine near the property, which would jeopardize the farm's water supply.
  • But wouldn't want to jeopardize a potable water stratum.
  • But this kind of familiarity can jeopardize a business.
  • College leaders can also jeopardize their credibility if they understate problems.
British Dictionary definitions for jeopardize

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 jeopardize
v.

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

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