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Definition of hazard verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    hazard

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈhæzəd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈhæzərd//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they hazard
    BrE BrE//ˈhæzəd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈhæzərd//
     
    he / she / it hazards
    BrE BrE//ˈhæzədz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈhæzərdz//
     
    past simple hazarded
    BrE BrE//ˈhæzədɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈhæzərdɪd//
     
    past participle hazarded
    BrE BrE//ˈhæzədɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈhæzərdɪd//
     
    -ing form hazarding
    BrE BrE//ˈhæzədɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈhæzərdɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1to make a suggestion or guess which you know may be wrong hazard something Would you like to hazard a guess? + speech ‘Is it Tom you're going with?’ she hazarded. hazard that… I would hazard that she is the sole reason we are here.
  2. 2hazard something (formal) to risk something or put it in danger synonym endanger Careless drivers hazard other people's lives as well as their own.
  3. Word Origin Middle English (originally referring to a certain gambling game): from Old French hasard, from Spanish azar, from Arabic az-zahr ‘chance, luck’, from Persian zār or Turkish zar ‘dice’.Extra examples ‘Is it Tom you’re going with?’ she hazarded. Would you like to hazard a guess?
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: hazard