- exposure to the chance of injury or loss; a hazard or dangerous chance: It's not worth the risk.
- 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.
- to expose to the chance of injury or loss; hazard: to risk one's life.
- to venture upon; take or run the chance of: to risk a fall in climbing; to risk a war.
- at risk,
- 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?
- take/run a risk, to expose oneself to the chance of injury or loss; put oneself in danger; hazard; venture.
Origin of risk
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Examples from the Web for risk
Politicians who openly associated with Duke, or his hard-core associates, did so at their own risk.The Louisiana Racists Who Courted Steve Scalise
January 3, 2015
Advanced maternal age dramatically increases the risk of maternal mortality as well as birth defects like Down Syndrome.Men Will Someday Have Kids Without Women
January 3, 2015
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.Cop Families Boo De Blasio at NYPD Graduation
December 30, 2014
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
December 29, 2014
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
December 19, 2014
At the risk of overturning the machine he veered it sharply to the left.
And whatever our views of its cause, we can agree that children at risk are not at fault.
When a woman loves a fierce man she takes the risk of his fierceness.Viviette
William J. Locke
Then, while they wondered whether they might risk it, he got worse.Life and Death of Harriett Frean
Go back and tell them it would take too great a risk to try to fix me.
- the possibility of incurring misfortune or loss; hazard
- 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
- at risk
- vulnerable; likely to be lost or damaged
- social welfarevulnerable to personal damage, to the extent that a welfare agency might take protective responsibility
- no risk Australian informal an expression of assent
- take a risk or run a risk to proceed in an action without regard to the possibility of danger involved in it
- to expose to danger or loss; hazard
- to act in spite of the possibility of (injury or loss)to risk a fall in climbing
Word Origin and History 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.
- The possibility of suffering a harmful event.
- A factor or course involving uncertain danger, as with smoking or exposure to radiation.
Idioms and Phrases with risk
In addition to the idiom beginning with risk
- risk life and limb
- at risk
- calculated risk
- run a risk