Definition of jeopardize
: 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
His health has been jeopardized by poor nutrition.
don't do anything that will jeopardize your place on the advisory board
Recent Examples of jeopardize from the Web
Cashman has spent the past few years building a strong farm system that’s particularly well-stocked with outfielders, allowing him to part with Rutherford without jeopardizing the future.
In its aftermath, hospital employees, doctors and members of the public sent nearly 2,900 emails to the state's two Republican senators, John McCain and Jeff Flake, urging them to reject any legislation that would jeopardize patient health care.
When federal agencies take actions that may jeopardize endangered animals or plants, they are generally supposed to consult with the Interior Department, which could raise objections.
Boosting output in Qatar may end up jeopardizing one the country’s own projects.
When the hillside began eroding badly, jeopardizing the integrity of the emergency spillway, officials ordered the evacuation of 188,000 downstream residents.
In a letter to Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell, Governor Sununu said the bill would jeopardize the state’s investment in Medicaid coverage.
Sen. Patrick J. Toomey (Pa.) acknowledged that the delay McConnell announced Tuesday could just as easily jeopardize the bill's prospects.
However, Kane County sheriff's officials declined to release the department's policy related to transport or staffing while an inmate or suspect is hospitalized, saying sharing that information could jeopardize security.
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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.
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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