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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
Noticeably upgrading the roster without jeopardizing future flexibility is difficult.
In 2009, Detroit pledged its casino tax revenue as collateral on the swaps, jeopardizing the city's most dependable source of cash.
Funding uncertainty nearly jeopardized the strides centers have made, Baker said.
His office also did not disclose several of the meetings altogether because doing so could jeopardize efforts to recruit companies to Chicago, Emanuel spokesman Grant Klinzman said.
And in Baltimore, Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen says taking steps toward an injection site without federal approval could jeopardize funding that the city can’t afford to lose.
Carter had sought counseling from military mental health providers before his fourth tour, his mother recalls, yet worried that revealing too much to them could jeopardize his Army career.
Two state regulatory agencies concluded that the project could jeopardize New Britain’s drinking water, former Alderman Suzanne Bielinski said.
Others, though, have raised concerns unauthorized repairs could jeopardize the security of data held on the devices.
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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
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