hazard

If something is a hazard, it is a potential source of danger. Balloons are fun, but they're a hazard for little kids who might put them in their mouths.

If you play miniature golf, you have to watch for hazards on the course — obstacles like the sand trap beside the dinosaur or the water hazard just past the windmill. As a verb, hazard means to take a risk, especially for the chance of a good return. You might hazard your chances at the roulette table or hazard a guess — that is, risk making a guess when you aren't certain.

Definitions of hazard
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n an unknown and unpredictable phenomenon that causes an event to result one way rather than another

Synonyms:
chance, fortune, luck
Types:
bad luck, mischance, mishap
an unpredictable outcome that is unfortunate
even chance, toss-up, tossup
an unpredictable phenomenon
Type of:
phenomenon
any state or process known through the senses rather than by intuition or reasoning

n a source of danger; a possibility of incurring loss or misfortune

“drinking alcohol is a health hazard
Synonyms:
endangerment, jeopardy, peril, risk
Types:
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health hazard
hazard to the health of those exposed to it
moral hazard
(economics) the lack of any incentive to guard against a risk when you are protected against it (as by insurance)
occupational hazard
any condition of a job that can result in illness or injury
sword of Damocles
a constant and imminent peril
biohazard
hazard to humans or the environment resulting from biological agents or conditions
Type of:
danger
a cause of pain or injury or loss

n an obstacle on a golf course

Types:
bunker, sand trap, trap
a hazard on a golf course
water hazard
hazard provided by ponds of water that the golfer must avoid
Type of:
obstacle
an obstruction that stands in the way (and must be removed or surmounted or circumvented)

v put at risk

Synonyms:
adventure, jeopardize, stake, venture
Type of:
lay on the line, put on the line, risk
expose to a chance of loss or damage

v take a risk in the hope of a favorable outcome

Synonyms:
adventure, chance, gamble, risk, run a risk, take a chance, take chances
Types:
go for broke
risk everything in one big effort
luck it, luck through
act by relying on one's luck
Type of:
assay, attempt, essay, seek, try
make an effort or attempt

v put forward, of a guess, in spite of possible refutation

Synonyms:
guess, pretend, venture
Types:
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anticipate, call, forebode, foretell, predict, prognosticate, promise
make a prediction about; tell in advance
surmise, suspect
imagine to be the case or true or probable
read
interpret the significance of, as of palms, tea leaves, intestines, the sky; also of human behavior
outguess, second-guess
attempt to anticipate or predict
augur
predict from an omen
bet, wager
maintain with or as if with a bet
calculate, forecast
predict in advance
prophesy, vaticinate
predict or reveal through, or as if through, divine inspiration
Type of:
speculate
talk over conjecturally, or review in an idle or casual way and with an element of doubt or without sufficient reason to reach a conclusion

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