jeopardize

play
verb jeop·ar·dize \ˈje-pər-ˌdīz\

Definition of jeopardize

jeopardized

jeopardizing

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to expose to danger or risk :  imperil

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>

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.

1582

First Known Use of jeopardize

1582


JEOPARDIZE Defined for English Language Learners

jeopardize

play
verb jeop·ar·dize \ˈje-pər-ˌdīz\

Definition of jeopardize for English Language Learners

  • : to put (something or someone) in danger


JEOPARDIZE Defined for Kids

jeopardize

play
verb jeop·ar·dize \ˈje-pər-ˌdīz\

Definition of jeopardize for Students

jeopardized

jeopardizing

  1. :  to put in danger <A poor diet can jeopardize your health.>



Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up jeopardize? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

an alert or lookout

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

  • alphabet-magnets
  • Which is the correct spelling?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ