Definition of jeopardize
: to expose to danger or risk : imperil <a decision that could jeopardize her career> <laws jeopardizing freedom of speech>
Examples of jeopardize in a sentence
His health has been jeopardized by poor nutrition.
<don't do anything that will jeopardize your place on the advisory board>
Did You Know?
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
First Known Use: 1582
JEOPARDIZE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of jeopardize for English Language Learners
: to put (something or someone) in danger
JEOPARDIZE Defined for Kids
Definition of jeopardize for Students
: to put in danger <A poor diet can jeopardize your health.>
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