Meaning of HAZARD in English

/ ˈhæzəd; NAmE -ərd/ noun , verb

■ noun

hazard (to sb/sth) | hazard (of sth / of doing sth) a thing that can be dangerous or cause damage :

a fire / safety hazard

Growing levels of pollution represent a serious health hazard to the local population.

Everybody is aware of the hazards of smoking.

hazard lights (= flashing lights on a car that warn other drivers of possible danger)

■ verb


to make a suggestion or guess which you know may be wrong :

[ vn ]

Would you like to hazard a guess ?

[ v speech ]

'Is it Tom you're going with?' she hazarded.

[also v that ]


[ vn ] ( formal ) to risk sth or put it in danger

SYN endanger :

Careless drivers hazard other people's lives as well as their own.



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.

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.