verb (used with object), jeop·ard·ized, jeop·ard·iz·ing.

  1. to put in jeopardy; hazard; risk; imperil: He jeopardized his life every time he dived from the tower.

verb (tr)

  1. to risk; hazardhe jeopardized his job by being persistently unpunctual
  2. to put in danger; imperil

chiefly British English spelling of jeopardize; for suffix, see -ize. Related: Jeopardised; jeopardising.


1640s, from jeopardy + -ize. Related: Jeopardized; jeopardizing. As a verb, Middle English used simple jeopard (late 14c.).

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