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hazard

haz·ard

hazard

 
 
pronunciation:
hae zrd
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: danger or risk.
Ice poses the greatest hazard for winter driving.
synonyms:
danger, peril, risk
similar words:
chance, jeopardy
definition 2: something that causes a danger or risk.
The trek through the jungle was full of hazards.
synonyms:
danger, peril
similar words:
risk
definition 3: the operation of chance or accident in events.
He left his fate to hazard.
synonyms:
chance, fortune, luck
similar words:
accident, fate
definition 4: in golf, a water or sand obstacle.
similar words:
sand trap, trap
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: hazarded, hazarding, hazards
definition 1: to subject or expose to danger or risk.
synonyms:
imperil
similar words:
endanger, gamble, peril, risk, stake, venture
definition 2: to put forth at some risk; venture.
I don't want to even hazard a guess.
synonyms:
chance, risk, venture
similar words:
adventure
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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."
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  • hazardous:
    dangerous; being a hazard.