jeopardize

verb jeop·ar·dize \ ˈje-pər-ˌdīz \
Updated on: 19 May 2018

Definition of jeopardize

jeopardized; jeopardizing
: to expose to danger or risk : imperil
  • a decision that could jeopardize her career
  • laws jeopardizing freedom of speech

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Examples of jeopardize in a Sentence

  1. His health has been jeopardized by poor nutrition.

  2. don't do anything that will jeopardize your place on the advisory board

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jeopardize Has a Controversial History

It may be hard to believe that jeopardize was once controversial, but in 1870 a grammarian called it "a foolish and intolerable word," a view shared by many 19th-century critics. The preferred word was jeopard, which first appeared in print in the 14th century. (The upstart jeopardize turned up in 1582.) In 1828, Noah Webster himself declared jeopardize to be "a modern word, used by respectable writers in America, but synonymous with 'jeopard,' and therefore useless." Unfortunately for the champions of jeopard, jeopardize is now much more popular.

Origin and Etymology of jeopardize


JEOPARDIZE Defined for English Language Learners

jeopardize

Definition of jeopardize for English Language Learners

  • : to put (something or someone) in danger


JEOPARDIZE Defined for Kids

jeopardize

verb jeop·ar·dize \ ˈje-pər-ˌdīz \

Definition of jeopardize for Students

jeopardized; jeopardizing
: to put in danger
  • A poor diet can jeopardize your health.


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