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 Florida State University is at risk of a losing season. Letter Writers, Twin Cities, "Letters: Include gun owners in the conversation," 16 Nov. 2019 At its height, 35 communities were at critical risk of the disease. BostonGlobe.com, "The frost is welcome after the state was hit hard this year by," 15 Nov. 2019 Irish drugmaker Amarin is seeking approval for a much larger group of patients who have lower fat levels but are still at risk of heart problems, despite taking cholesterol-lowering statin drugs like Lipitor and Zocor. Matthew Perrone, Fortune, "Fish Oil Drug Gets Key Nod for Wider FDA Approval to Treat Heart Disease," 15 Nov. 2019 The proposal is similar to a 2014 law signed by Republican Gov. Scott Walker that allows judges to seize guns in cases involving people who are at risk of abuse, neglect or financial exploitation. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Florence County in Wisconsin's Northwoods declares itself Second Amendment sanctuary," 14 Nov. 2019 The state also did well in screening people at high risk of lung cancer, but only relative to the rest of the country. oregonlive, "Survival rates climb for lung cancer patients, report says," 14 Nov. 2019 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends those at high risk of serious flu complications contact their health care provider for the best treatment options. Mayo Clinic News Network, chicagotribune.com, "Infectious diseases A to Z: New flu antiviral available," 14 Nov. 2019 The move comes at a time when many more people living in regions at risk of wildfires, including parts of the Bay Area, are having a hard time getting or keeping insurance from mainstream carriers licensed and regulated by the department. Kathleen Pender, SFChronicle.com, "California forces ‘insurer of last resort’ to double home coverage limits," 14 Nov. 2019 But everyone with these disabilities is at high risk of interacting with police. Jennifer Sarrett, The Conversation, "To stop police shootings of people with mental health disabilities, I asked them what cops – and everyone – could do to help," 12 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb With few jobs available, many young people work as coal loaders for less than $4 a day or risk their lives scavenging coal. Washington Post, "AP PHOTOS: Indian coal mines still burning after a century," 9 Nov. 2019 It was initially thought that City risked a two-window transfer ban, similar to that which was handed down to Chelsea last summer after the Blues were found to have breached similar rules, but no such punishment has arrived as of yet. SI.com, "FA Finds No Evidence of Illegal Jadon Sancho Payment From Manchester City," 1 Nov. 2019 With the game having barely escaped death once, Giamatti knew that organized baseball couldn’t risk skating too close to that edge again. Rebecca Edwards, Quartz, "Gambling built baseball—and then almost destroyed it," 25 Oct. 2019 People whose lives depended on home medical equipment faced life-threatening emergencies, and cars — without operating gas pumps — risked running out of fuel. Abrahm Lustgarten, ProPublica, "A Taste of the Climate Apocalypse to Come," 22 Oct. 2019 Either could risk offending the employer more than simply passing on a job. Kathleen Corlett, Woman's Day, "How to Reject a Job Offer Without Closing the Door Completely," 3 Oct. 2019 Far below the Earth’s surface, crews constantly risk encountering toxic gas fumes or stale air with no life-giving oxygen. Matthew Ross, The Conversation, "Mining powers modern life, but can leave scarred lands and polluted waters behind," 3 Oct. 2019 Eight in 10 of all employees, regardless of age, completely or somewhat agree that employees who speak up on a controversial societal topic against their employers risk their jobs. Leslie Gaines-ross, Quartz at Work, "4 in 10 American workers consider themselves social activists," 20 Sep. 2019 Switching to such a system could not only reduce the demand for liquid fuel on the battlefield, but also avoid risking the lives of truck-driving soldiers delivering fuel to the front lines. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Future Tanks Could Be Powered by Electricity," 16 Sep. 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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risk

noun
How to pronounce risk (audio)

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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