What does risk mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. hazard, jeopardy, peril, risk, endangermentnoun

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

    "drinking alcohol is a health hazard"

  2. risk, peril, dangernoun

    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 infectionnoun

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

  4. risk, risk of exposureverb

    the probability of being exposed to an infectious agent

  5. risk, put on the line, lay on the lineverb

    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 chanceverb

    take a risk in the hope of a favorable outcome

    "When you buy these stocks you are gambling"


  1. risknoun

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

  2. risknoun

    The likelihood of a negative outcome.

  3. riskverb

    To incur risk [to something].

  4. riskverb

    To incur risk [of something].

  5. riskverb

    To incur risk [by something].

Webster Dictionary

  1. Risknoun

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

  2. Risknoun

    hazard of loss; liabillity to loss in property

  3. Risknoun

    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. Risknoun

    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.

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    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

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

Anagrams for risk »

  1. irks, kirs, Kris, kris

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  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

Examples of risk in a Sentence

  1. Craig Fehr:

    If you look at the stock market and industries like housing, you might feel like the economy is back on its feet. But there is still enough slack in the job market to prevent any short-term inflation, i don't think inflation will be a predominant risk.

  2. Public Prosecutions Marianne Ny:

    My view has always been that to perform an interview with him at the Ecuadorian embassy in London would lower the quality of the interview, and that he would need to be present in Sweden in any case should there be a trial in the future, this assessment remains unchanged. Now that time is of the essence, I have viewed it therefore necessary to accept such deficiencies to the investigation and likewise take the risk that the interview does not move the case forward, particularly as there are no other measures on offer without Assange being present in Sweden.

  3. Matthew Miller:

    It wasn't a risk we were willing to take, at least for the primary.

  4. Chief Brian Addington:

    Celebrating the Fourth of July is a long-standing tradition across our Nation, but we can do it without the illegal fireworks, this year in particular, the risk of fire is at an all-time high.

  5. Jonathan Barratt:

    Libya, and all the other problems, warrants some kind of risk premium, oil is at a level where people are happy to build in a risk premium.

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