- 1A danger or risk: the hazards of smokingMore example sentences
- Ensuring safe delivery and optimal care of the baby at birth eliminates the risk of peri-natal hazards to the brain.
- The minister said that farming is probably the only employment sector that poses such enormous direct risks and hazards for both children and elderly people.
- The reports of anthrax cases have put a renewed focus on the risks and hazards posed by biological agents.
- 1.1A potential source of danger: a fire hazard a health hazardMore example sentences
- He could not hide the fact that most buildings in the town were potential fire hazards.
- There had been concerns about potential health and safety hazards, including the fact that Miss Halliday would have to wear a tightly-fitting corset.
- Many destructive fires start during such times, since potential fire hazards can go unnoticed in the relative darkness.
- 1.2A permanent feature of a golf course that presents an obstruction to playing a shot, such as a bunker or stream.More example sentences
- On holes where existing features provided hazards, fairway bunkers were deemed an unnecessary luxury.
- Bunkers are hazards, according to the rules of golf.
- He hit his tee shot in a hazard.
- 2 • literary Chance; probability.More example sentences
- And although he tries to concoct it, there is scant sense of hazard.
- In these poems, nothing is left to hazard or given for mere poetic effect.
- Those changes simply could not have happened by hazard
- 3A gambling game using two dice, in which the chances are complicated by arbitrary rules.More example sentences
- The Game of Hazard may be played by any Number of Persons.
- Who will go with me to hazard, For a hundred English prisoners?
- The principal game played was hazard, of which there were two kinds.
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- 1Venture to say (something): he hazarded a guessMore example sentences
venture, advance, put forward, volunteer, float; conjecture, speculate, surmise• formal opine
- It is far too early to hazard any kind of decent guess at the likely outcome.
- Everyone around him hazards a guess, but they are all wildly speculative.
- At the end he hazards an estimate, cautiously and with qualifications, that the Aboriginal population was perhaps 600 when the settlers arrived.
- 2Put (something) at risk of being lost: the cargo business is too risky to hazard money onMore example sentences
- In order to achieve a world record and generate a stunning effect, we defy great risks, even hazarding our lives.
- I figured I'd force myself to take risks, hazard extra dangers, go where reporters weren't.
- We should avoid the mistake of hazarding our national transport systems again.
Middle English (sense 3 of the noun): from Old French hasard, from Spanish azar, from Arabic az-zahr 'chance, luck', from Persian zār or Turkish zar 'dice'.