What does RISK mean?

Definitions for RISKrɪsk

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word RISK.

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"


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Risk

    risk, n. hazard: chance of loss or injury.—v.t. to expose to hazard: to venture, to take the chance of.—n. Risk′er, one who risks.—adj. Risk′y, dangerous: venturesome.—Run a risk, to incur hazard. [Fr. risque (It. risico)—Sp. risco, a rock—L. resecāre, to cut off—re-, off, secāre, to cut.]

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.

Editors Contribution

  1. risk

    The chance or possibility that a goal, target, plan or aspiration will be achieved.

    My sister decided to take a risk and set up her own business and she was gratefully successful.

  2. risk

    The possibility that a type of event will occur.

    Insurance and the creation of insurance products are based on a type of risk.

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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 for RISK »

  1. irks, kirs, Kris, kris


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of RISK in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of RISK in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Diane Von Furstenberg:

    Life is a risk.

  2. Ronald Tate:

    He really knew the risk.

  3. Alberto Fujimori:

    Democracy is not at risk.

  4. Phongsakorn Damnoen:

    Solar has the lowest risk.

  5. Ma Tieying:

    The risk is on the downside.

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