risk

noun
\ ˈrisk How to pronounce risk (audio) \

Definition of risk

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : possibility of loss or injury : peril
2 : someone or something that creates or suggests a hazard
3a : the chance of loss or the perils to the subject matter of an insurance contract also : the degree of probability of such loss
b : a person or thing that is a specified hazard to an insurer
c : an insurance hazard from a specified cause or source war risk
4 : the chance that an investment (such as a stock or commodity) will lose value
at risk
: in a state or condition marked by a high level of risk or susceptibility patients at risk of infection

risk

verb
risked; risking; risks

Definition of risk (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to expose to hazard or danger risked her life
2 : to incur the risk or danger of risked breaking his neck

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Other Words from risk

Noun

riskless \ ˈrisk-​ləs How to pronounce riskless (audio) \ adjective

Verb

risker noun

Examples of risk in a Sentence

Noun

I prefer not to expose my money to too much risk. The degree of risk is minimal. All investments have an element of risk. The trip didn't seem like much of a risk. I'm aware of the risks associated with this treatment. There is a risk of liver damage with this medication. Wearing a seatbelt greatly reduces the risk of injury or death in a car accident. We feel that this product presents a significant risk to public health. To me, skydiving is not worth the risk. Smoking is a risk to your lungs.

Verb

She risked her life to save her children. He risked all his money on starting his own business. He risked breaking his neck. She's risking being considered too sentimental. The country risked a war. brave people who risked being killed to help others I'm not willing to risk getting lost. I'm going to buy a map. The company is risking the loss of millions of dollars. It's not wise to risk traveling so soon after surgery.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Nationwide, teens’ perceptions of marijuana’s risk have declined since 1991, the cannabis commission report said, however studies suggest those decreases aren’t linked to medical marijuana becoming legal. BostonGlobe.com, "Fewer Massachusetts high school students used marijuana over the decade before the state’s first cannabis stores opened last year, according to a new report.," 17 Sep. 2019 President Donald Trump said last week that his administration plans to ban non-tobacco-flavored vaping products amid concern about health risks and the increasing use among teenagers. Paige Cornwell, The Seattle Times, "Washington health officials declare statewide outbreak in vaping-related illness," 17 Sep. 2019 Radiologists warned of the risks of wearing magnetic eyelashes in MRI machines. Rafil Kroll-zaidi, Harper's magazine, "Findings," 16 Sep. 2019 While infection is rare, people should be aware of the low-level risk while swimming in fresh water lakes, rivers, and hot springs. Brian Pascus, CBS News, "10-year-old Texas girl dies from brain-eating amoeba after swimming in the Brazos River," 16 Sep. 2019 Rodriguez is on that much of a roll to take this kind of risk even on the road. Chris Wassel, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "Boston Red Sox at Philadelphia Phillies odds, picks and betting tips," 14 Sep. 2019 Perspectives of other parents also provide a convincing narrative to understand the risks and benefits of vaccination. Robert Mckeever, The Conversation, "Anti-vaccination mothers have outsized voice on social media; pro-vaccination parents could make a difference," 13 Sep. 2019 Could a two-wheeled revolution be the antidote to our increasingly sedentary, tech-driven, risk-averse indoor lifestyle? Katie Arnold, Outside Online, "A New Film Heralds the Coming Cargo-Bike Revolution," 12 Sep. 2019 But beware, Kourtney, no medical procedure is totally risk-free. Samantha Lauriello, Health.com, "Kourtney Kardashian Underwent Platelet-Rich Plasma Treatment to Fix a Bald Spot—but What Does That Mean?," 10 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Investors would flee at the first sign of any military boots hitting the streets, something Beijing can't risk as the domestic economy slows. Ben Westcott, CNN, "The date which has both Hong Kong and Beijing on edge," 14 Sep. 2019 Security experts have long assumed that iPhone hacks primarily target very specific, high-value victims, because iOS vulnerabilities that can provide such deep system access to attackers are too rare and prized to risk revealing in mass campaigns. Wired, "Apple Finally Breaks Its Silence on iOS Hacking Campaign," 6 Sep. 2019 Don’t risk your money convinced that oddsmakers are undervaluing Auburn in this spot. Christopher Smith, al, "Don’t assume Auburn -18 against Tulane is easy money," 3 Sep. 2019 That's just Apple's way of encouraging people not to risk faulty third-party service—which right to repair advocates have a thing or two to say about. David Nield, WIRED, "How To Get the Most Out of Your Smartphone Battery," 25 Aug. 2019 In its quest to fix the crisis, however, Georgia-Pacific stopped short of one thing: slowing down production and risking profits. Christopher Leonard, ProPublica, "Rising Profits, Rising Injuries: The Safety Crisis at Koch Industries’ Georgia-Pacific," 8 Aug. 2019 It was surprisingly ended by Jess of all people, who scolded the mothers for risking ruining the legacy left behind by JoJo and her fellow team mates. Laura Hanrahan, Woman's Day, "Watch 'Dance Moms' Stars Elliana Walmsley and Lilly Ketchman Recreate Jojo Siwa’s Solos," 27 July 2019 Why are so many adults willing to risk the Wall to transport kids out of Gilead? Elena Nicolaou, refinery29.com, "The Handmaid's Tale," 25 July 2019 Major European firms will not risk American sanctions to do business in Iran. The Economist, "A British warship stops Iran seizing an oil tanker," 11 July 2019

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First Known Use of risk

Noun

1655, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1660, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for risk

Noun

French risque, from Italian risco

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The first known use of risk was in 1655

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risk

noun

English Language Learners Definition of risk

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the possibility that something bad or unpleasant (such as an injury or a loss) will happen
: someone or something that may cause something bad or unpleasant to happen
: a person or thing that someone judges to be a good or bad choice for insurance, a loan, etc.

risk

verb

English Language Learners Definition of risk (Entry 2 of 2)

: to put (something) in a situation in which it could be lost, damaged, etc.
: to do something that could result in (something bad or unpleasant)
: to do (something that may have harmful or bad results)

risk

noun
\ ˈrisk How to pronounce risk (audio) \

Kids Definition of risk

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : possibility of loss or injury This adventure involves risks.
2 : something or someone that may cause loss or injury Smoking is a health risk.

risk

verb
risked; risking

Kids Definition of risk (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to expose to danger He risked his life to save the children.
2 : to take the risk or danger of I'm not willing to risk hurting myself.

risk

noun
\ ˈrisk How to pronounce risk (audio) \

Medical Definition of risk

1 : possibility of loss, injury, disease, or death hypertension increases the risk of stroke
2 : a person considered in terms of the possible bad effects of a particular course of treatment a poor surgical risk
at risk
: in a state or condition marked by a high level of risk or susceptibility patients at risk of developing infections

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risk

noun

Legal Definition of risk

1a : possibility of loss or injury
b : liability for loss or injury if it occurs the risk of loss passes to the buyer when the goods are duly delivered to the carrierUniform Commercial Code the risk of personal injury and property damage should be placed with the manufacturer rather than the consumerCase & Comment
2a : the chance of loss to the subject matter of an insurance contract : uncertainty with regard to loss also : the degree of probability of such loss — compare peril
b : a person or thing that is a specified hazard to an insurer a poor risk for insurance
c : an insurance hazard from a specified cause or source a war risk

Other Words from risk

riskless adjective

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