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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.
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 jeopardized
  • Never mind that the graduation requirements for hundreds of students are jeopardized.
  • If they remain undiagnosed, their ability to complete their studies could be jeopardized.
  • On one hand, this case shows that people are standing up to fight for their rights when having a clean environment is jeopardized.
  • Unless the people you are working with are competent, qualified and ethical, the whole process is jeopardized.
  • Denying access to agents has significantly jeopardized security along the border.
British Dictionary definitions for jeopardized


verb (transitive)
to risk; hazard: he jeopardized his job by being persistently unpunctual
to put in danger; imperil
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for jeopardized



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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