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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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  • But pollution and potential shortages are jeopardizing the farms and factories that drive the nation's booming economy.
  • People should be able to feel that they can become parents without jeopardizing their careers.
  • Demetrius was so distraught about jeopardizing his future career, he considered calling the coach back and signing.
  • In fact, they are wasting the department's time and jeopardizing the candidate's tenure.
  • They can't stay grounded forever without eventually jeopardizing national security.
  • Instead, each group is shrinking in synchrony, jeopardizing their ability to reproduce and survive.
  • Her aide's behavior really isn't jeopardizing anything, because there's nothing at stake.
  • And unmanned drones are now capable of dropping bombs without jeopardizing pilots' lives.
  • We have been able to reduce the number of violators sent to prison without jeopardizing public safety.
  • Only then will you be sure you are not jeopardizing your potential rights and benefits under this program.
British Dictionary definitions for jeopardizing


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 jeopardizing



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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