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hazard

haz·ard

hazard

 
pronunciation:
hae zrd
parts of speech:
noun, verb
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: danger or risk.
There were many hazards on the steep mountain trail.
synonyms:
danger, peril, risk
similar words:
chance, jeopardy
definition 2: something that causes a danger or risk.
Smoking is a hazard to your health.
synonyms:
danger, peril
similar words:
risk
 
part of speech: verb
inflections: hazarded, hazarding, hazards
definition 1: to put in danger or at risk.
You are hazarding my life with your careless driving!
similar words:
endanger, gamble, risk
definition 2: to risk or chance.
Let me hazard a guess as to why you are late.
synonyms:
chance, risk
Word History
Hazard comes from an Arabic word that means "one of the dice." When "hazard" entered the English language in the Middle Ages, it meant "risk" or "venture."
Word Builder: hazard +
  • hazardous:
    dangerous; being a hazard.