Definition of jeopardize in English:

jeopardize

(British jeopardise)

verb

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

jeopardize

/ˈdʒɛpədʌɪz/