hazard

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UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈhæzərd/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/ˈhæzɚd/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(hazərd)


WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
haz•ard /ˈhæzɚd/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. something causing danger, peril, risk, or difficulty:the many hazards of living in the big city.
  2. Sporta bunker, sand trap, or the like that is an obstacle on a golf course.

v. [+ object]
  1. to put forward;
    venture:I'd hazard a guess that the loss is in the millions.
  2. to expose to risk:In making the investment he hazarded all his savings.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
haz•ard  (hazərd),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. an unavoidable danger or risk, even though often foreseeable:The job was full of hazards.
  2. something causing unavoidable danger, peril, risk, or difficulty:the many hazards of the big city.
  3. the absence or lack of predictability;
    chance;
    uncertainty:There is an element of hazard in the execution of the most painstaking plans.
  4. Sport[Golf.]a bunker, sand trap, or the like, constituting an obstacle.
  5. the uncertainty of the result in throwing a die.
  6. Gamesa game played with two dice, an earlier and more complicated form of craps.
  7. Sport[Court Tennis.]any of the winning openings.
  8. Games(in English billiards) a stroke by which the player pockets the object ball(winning hazard) or his or her own ball after contact with another ball (losing hazard). 
  9. Idiomsat hazard, at risk;
    at stake;
    subject to chance:His reputation was at hazard in his new ventures.

v.t. 
  1. to offer (a statement, conjecture, etc.) with the possibility of facing criticism, disapproval, failure, or the like;
    venture:He hazarded a guess, with trepidation, as to her motives in writing the article.
  2. to put to the risk of being lost;
    expose to risk:In making the investment, he hazarded all his savings.
  3. to take or run the risk of (a misfortune, penalty, etc.):Thieves hazard arrest.
  4. to venture upon (anything of doubtful issue):to hazard a dangerous encounter.
hazard•a•ble, adj. 
hazard•er, n. 
hazard•less, adj. 
  • Arabic al-zahr the die
  • Old French, perh.
  • Middle English hasard 1250–1300
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged See  danger. 
    • 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged accident, fortuity, fortuitousness.
    • 11.See corresponding entry in Unabridged stake, endanger, peril, imperil.
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged safety.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
hazard /ˈhæzəd/ n
  1. exposure or vulnerability to injury, loss, evil, etc
  2. at hazardat risk; in danger
  3. a thing likely to cause injury, etc
  4. an obstacle such as a bunker, a road, rough, water, etc
  5. chance; accident (esp in the phrase by hazard)
  6. a gambling game played with two dice
  7. the receiver's side of the court
  8. one of the winning openings
  9. a scoring stroke made either when a ball other than the striker's is pocketed (winning hazard) or the striker's cue ball itself (losing hazard)
vb (transitive)
  1. to chance or risk
  2. to venture (an opinion, guess, etc)
  3. to expose to danger
Etymology: 13th Century: from Old French hasard, from Arabic az-zahr the die
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