- 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 in insuring him, her, or it.
- the type of loss, as life, fire, marine disaster, or earthquake, against which an insurance policy is drawn.
verb (used with object)
- rising diphthong,
- rising hinge,
- rising rhythm,
- rising sign,
- rising trot,
- risk aversion,
- risk capital,
- risk factor,
- risk life and limb,
- risk management
- in a dangerous situation or status; in jeopardy: families at risk in the area of the weakened dam.
- under financial or legal obligation; held responsible: Are individual investors at risk for the debt part of the real estate venture?
Origin of risk
Examples from the Web for risk
Politicians who openly associated with Duke, or his hard-core associates, did so at their own risk.
Advanced maternal age dramatically increases the risk of maternal mortality as well as birth defects like Down Syndrome.
It denotes the person that puts on the badge, puts on the blue uniform, and goes into the streets to put their life at risk.
So perfect that we wonder if we should risk ruining it by asking for yet another take.‘The Comeback’ Finale: Give Lisa Kudrow All of the Awards|Kevin Fallon|December 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The more antibiotics are used inappropriately, the greater the risk of bacteria growing resistant to them.Without Education, Antibiotic Resistance Will Be Our Greatest Health Crisis|Russell Saunders|December 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Was I brave enough to join the venture and risk the after-part?The Haunts of Old Cockaigne|Alex Thompson
Snark would not run the risk of publicly smirching himself—for who would believe his protestations of innocency?Garrison's Finish|W. B. M. Ferguson
He had made up his mind to sail the brig in and risk the hazards of shoal water.Blackbeard: Buccaneer|Ralph D. Paine
Should he stay where he was, and not risk further movement till matters had settled down a little?Under the Chinese Dragon|F. S. Brereton
He had been wrong in thinking men would not risk much for the sake of revenge.The Girl From Keller's|Harold Bindloss
- chance of a loss or other event on which a claim may be filed
- the type of such an event, such as fire or theft
- the amount of the claim should such an event occur
- a person or thing considered with respect to the characteristics that may cause an insured event to occur
- vulnerable; likely to be lost or damaged
- social welfare vulnerable to personal damage, to the extent that a welfare agency might take protective responsibility
Word Origin for risk
1660s, risque, from French risque (16c.), from Italian risco, riscio (modern rischio), from riscare "run into danger," of uncertain origin. The anglicized spelling first recorded 1728. Spanish riesgo and German Risiko are Italian loan-words. With run (v.) from 1660s. Risk aversion is recorded from 1942; risk factor from 1906; risk management from 1963; risk taker from 1892.
1680s, from risk (n.), or from French risquer, from Italian riscare, rischaire, from the noun. Related: Risked; risks; risking.
In addition to the idiom beginning with risk
- risk life and limb
- at risk
- calculated risk
- run a risk