- 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)
- 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
Related formsrisk·er, nounrisk·less, adjectiveun·risked, adjective
British Dictionary definitions for run a risk
- 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
Derived Formsrisker, noun
Word Origin for risk
Medicine definitions for run a risk
Idioms and Phrases with run a risk (1 of 2)
run a risk
Also, run the risk. Be subjected to danger, as in Hiding anything from customs means running a risk that you'll be caught, or Without the right postage and address, this package runs the risk of being lost. [Mid-1600s]
Idioms and Phrases with run a risk (2 of 2)
In addition to the idiom beginning with risk
- risk life and limb
- at risk
- calculated risk
- run a risk