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
The 29-year-old Fairley is dealing with a heart issue that could jeopardize the future of his career, according to a report from FOX Sports' Jennifer Hale.
President Donald Trump has proposed cutting the NIH budget for 2018 from $31.8 billion to $26 billion, a decline that many worry would jeopardize the fight against cancer and other diseases.
But a fresh corruption scandal implicating President Michel Temer has since jeopardized his reform agenda, as well as the country’s economic prospects.
But President Donald Trump’s recently proposed budget could jeopardize the project’s ability to gain access to a federal grant program, officials have said.
Bikemore, a Baltimore advocacy group, said the move could jeopardize similar protected bikes lanes in the city.
The source told Fox News that the committee recently narrowed its requests for Flynn's personal records, enabling him to accommodate the committee's requests without jeopardizing his legal rights.
The bodies of three Indian climbers were retrieved Sunday amid reports that climbers were being jeopardized by the disappearance of oxygen bottles.
The council originally included bingo parlors in the ban but backed off after learning they could be exempted without jeopardizing the smoke-free designation.
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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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