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hazard

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noun haz·ard \ˈha-zərd\

Simple Definition of hazard

  • : a source of danger

  • golf : something on a golf course (such as a pond or an area of sand) that makes hitting the ball into the hole more difficult

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of hazard

  1. 1 :  a game of chance like craps played with two dice

  2. 2 :  a source of danger

  3. 3 a :  chance, risk b :  a chance event :  accident

  4. 4 obsolete :  stake 3a

  5. 5 :  a golf-course obstacle

at hazard

  1. :  at stake

Examples of hazard in a sentence

  1. <the tumbledown old barn was considered a fire hazard>

  2. <it was only by hazard and good fortune that we found our way back to the trail>



Did You Know?

At first hazard was a game of chance played with dice. The English word comes from medieval French, in which the game was called hasard. This French word was probably borrowed from Arabic az-zahr, meaning “the dice” or “one of the dice.” The game was borrowed from the French by the English, and within a few centuries what had been a chance taken on the outcome of a throw of the dice could be any venture or risk. Now “chance” or “venture” and “risk” or “peril” are the usual meanings of hazard. The verb hazard emerged in the 16th century.

Origin and Etymology of hazard

Middle English, from Anglo-French hasard, from Old Spanish azar, from Arabic al-zahr the die


First Known Use: 14th century


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hazard

verb haz·ard

Simple Definition of hazard

  • : to risk losing (something, such as money) in an attempt to get, win, or achieve something

  • : to offer (something, such as a guess or an opinion) even though you may be wrong

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of hazard

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  venture, risk <hazard a guess as to the outcome>

Examples of hazard in a sentence

  1. His friend asked him to hazard a small sum in a business venture.

  2. <just so the tourists could see the sea lions up close, the captain needlessly hazarded his ship>



1530

First Known Use of hazard

1530



HAZARD Defined for Kids

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hazard

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noun haz·ard \ˈha-zərd\

Definition of hazard for Students

  1. :  a source of danger <a fire hazard>



History for hazard

English hazard was originally the name of a game of chance played with dice. The English word was taken from a medieval French word hasard, which in turn came by way of Spanish from an Arabic phrase az zahr, “the die” (that is, “one of the dice”).


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hazard

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verb haz·ard

Definition of hazard for Students

hazarded

hazarding

  1. :  to offer something (such as a guess or an opinion) at the risk of being wrong




Law Dictionary

hazard

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noun haz·ard \ˈha-zərd\

Legal Definition of hazard

  1. :  a condition that tends to create or increase the possibility of loss —used especially in insurance law





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