Definitions for riskrɪsk

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. exposure to the chance of injury or loss.

  2. Insurance. the hazard or chance of loss. the degree of probability of such loss. the amount that the insurance company may lose. a person or thing with reference to the hazard involved to the insurer. the type of loss against which a policy is drawn.

    Category: Business

  3. (v.t.)to expose to the chance of injury or loss; hazard:

    to risk one's life.

  4. to venture upon; take the chance of:

    to risk a fall.

Idioms for risk:

  1. at risk, in imminent danger of injury, damage, or loss:

    homes at risk of flooding.

    Category: Idiom, Common Vocabulary

Origin of risk:

1655–65; < F risque < It risc(hi)o

Princeton's WordNet

  1. hazard, jeopardy, peril, risk, endangerment(noun)

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

    "drinking alcohol is a health hazard"

  2. risk, peril, danger(noun)

    a venture undertaken without regard to possible loss or injury

    "he saw the rewards but not the risks of crime"; "there was a danger he would do the wrong thing"

  3. risk, risk of infection(noun)

    the probability of becoming infected given that exposure to an infectious agent has occurred

  4. risk, risk of exposure(verb)

    the probability of being exposed to an infectious agent

  5. risk, put on the line, lay on the line(verb)

    expose to a chance of loss or damage

    "We risked losing a lot of money in this venture"; "Why risk your life?"; "She laid her job on the line when she told the boss that he was wrong"

  6. gamble, chance, risk, hazard, take chances, adventure, run a risk, take a chance(verb)

    take a risk in the hope of a favorable outcome

    "When you buy these stocks you are gambling"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. risk(noun)ɪsk

    the possibility of a bad result

    the risk of fire; There's the risk that she won't like you.; There will be significant financial risk.

  2. riskɪsk

    in a situation where there is risk

    His actions put his friends at risk; a company at risk of bankruptcy

  3. riskɪsk

    knowing that there is risk involved

    No lifeguard on duty. Swim at your own risk.

  4. riskɪsk

    to be in a situation involving risk

    If you drink alcohol and drive, you run the risk of losing your license.

  5. riskɪsk

    to do sth that you know involves risk

    She took a risk, played hard, and won.; users who take the risk of downloading from unsafe websites

  6. riskɪsk

    sth that could cause problems

    The open sewers are a risk to health.

  7. risk(verb)ɪsk

    to do sth knowing there is risk

    Don't risk your money on their stocks.; She risked being laughed at to say what she believed.


  1. risk(Noun)

    A possible, usually negative, outcome, e.g., a danger.

  2. risk(Noun)

    The likelihood of a negative outcome.

  3. risk(Verb)

    To incur risk [to something].

  4. risk(Verb)

    To incur risk [of something].

  5. risk(Verb)

    To incur risk [by something].

Webster Dictionary

  1. Risk(noun)

    hazard; danger; peril; exposure to loss, injury, or destruction

  2. Risk(noun)

    hazard of loss; liabillity to loss in property

  3. Risk(noun)

    to expose to risk, hazard, or peril; to venture; as, to risk goods on board of a ship; to risk one's person in battle; to risk one's fame by a publication

  4. Risk(noun)

    to incur the risk or danger of; as, to risk a battle


  1. Risk

    Risk is the potential that a given action or activity will lead to a loss. The notion implies that a choice having an influence on the outcome sometimes exists. Potential losses themselves may also be called "risks". Any human endeavor carries some risk, but some are much more risky than others. Risk can be defined in six different ways 1. A probability or threat of damage, injury, liability, loss, or any other negative occurrence that is caused by external or internal vulnerabilities, and that may be avoided through preemptive action. 2. Finance: The probability that an actual return on an investment will be lower than the expected return. Financial risk can be divided into the following categories: Basic risk, Capital risk, Country risk, Default risk, Delivery risk, Economic risk, Exchange rate risk, Interest rate risk, Liquidity risk, Operations risk, Payment system risk, Political risk, Refinancing risk, Reinvestment risk, Settlement risk, Sovereign risk, and Underwriting risk. 3. Food industry: The possibility that due to a certain hazard in food there will be an negative effect to a certain magnitude. 4. Insurance: A situation where the probability of a variable is known but when a mode of occurrence or the actual value of the occurrence is not. A risk is not an uncertainty, a peril, or a hazard.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Risk

    The probability that an event will occur. It encompasses a variety of measures of the probability of a generally unfavorable outcome.

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. risk

    1. Probability and severity of loss linked to hazards. 2. See degree of risk. See also hazard; risk management.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'risk' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #940

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'risk' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1823

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'risk' in Nouns Frequency: #332

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'risk' in Verbs Frequency: #703

Anagrams of risk

  1. irks, kirs, Kris, kris

Translations for risk

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to expose to danger; to lay open to the possibility of loss

He would risk his life for his friend; He risked all his money on betting on that horse.

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