Definition of jeopardize in English:


(also jeopardise)


  • Put (someone or something) into a situation in which there is a danger of loss, harm, or failure.

    ‘a devaluation of the dollar would jeopardize New York's position as a financial centre’
    • ‘Conservatives' failure to back this project initially jeopardised the commitment of the business community.’
    • ‘Failure to provide this information to your insurer could jeopardize claims for damage or theft.’
    • ‘However, these negotiations are sensitive and to reveal more of their details would risk jeopardising their outcome.’
    • ‘These orders must be followed to the letter, Recin, or we risk jeopardizing the mission.’
    • ‘Vaccination has a potential role in disease and epidemic management, at the risk of jeopardizing the trade status of a country.’
    • ‘They also tell him that he can never leave, since that risks jeopardizing the setup for them all.’
    • ‘Obviously you want openness about danger, but not anything that would jeopardize security.’
    • ‘Is it selfish to seek for personal justice if it risks jeopardising the delicate work of the democratic movement?’
    • ‘It also plunders natural resources, imperils posterity, and jeopardizes self determination.’
    • ‘Beckham's ego, in contrast, is in danger of undermining and jeopardising England's potential as a team.’
    • ‘Such damage could jeopardize the transmission of the priceless science data to the Earth.’
    • ‘Then we risk jeopardising the success of this initiative by rushing the appointments of key staff.’
    • ‘The compromised microcirculation further jeopardizes the survival of pneumocytes and culminates in emphysema.’
    • ‘No one wants to put their finest athletes at risk and this would jeopardize lives.’
    • ‘They have to ensure contracts for services are completed in time because failure could jeopardise the award.’
    • ‘The 1973 oil crisis and political changes within member states threatened to jeopardize agreement on regional policy.’
    • ‘Compromising these standards could jeopardize the health of restaurant customers and staff.’
    • ‘The loss of 30 tons of salt isn't likely to jeopardize road safety on the North Shore, Dean said.’
    • ‘Asked on Wednesday night if the loss to Northern Ireland might jeopardise his position, he said he would not resign.’
    • ‘They seriously risk jeopardizing their careers if they attempt to work purely in the intelligence field.’
    threaten, endanger, imperil, menace, risk, put at risk, expose to risk, put in danger, expose to danger, put in jeopardy, put on the line
    leave vulnerable, leave unprotected
    compromise, prejudice, be prejudicial to
    be a danger to, pose a threat to
    damage, injure, harm, do harm to, be detrimental to, drive a nail into the coffin of
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