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Meaning of RISK

Pronunciation:  risk

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a venture undertaken without regard to possible loss or injury; "he saw the rewards but not the risks of crime"; "there was a danger he would do the wrong thing"
  2. [n]  a source of danger; "drinking alcohol is a health hazard"
  3. [v]  take a risk in the hope of a favorable outcome; "When you buy these stocks you are gambling"
  4. [v]  expose to a chance of loss or damage; "We risked losing a lot of money in this venture"; "Why risk your life?"

RISK is a 4 letter word that starts with R.


 Synonyms: adventure, chance, danger, gamble, hazard, hazard, jeopardy, lay on the line, peril, peril, put on the line, run a risk, take a chance, take chances
 See Also: assay, attempt, bell the cat, chance, danger, essay, gamble, health hazard, jeopardize, luck it, luck through, occupational hazard, seek, stake, sword of Damocles, try, venture, venture



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Risk\, n. [F. risque; cf. It. risco, risico, rischio, Pg.
    risco, Sp. riesgo, and also Sp. risco a steep rock; all
    probably fr. L. resceare to cut off; pref. re- re- + secare
    to cut; -- the word having been probably first used among
    sailors. See {Section}.]
    1. Hazard; danger; peril; exposure to loss, injury, or
             The imminent and constant risk of assassination, a
             risk which has shaken very strong nerves.
    2. (Com.) Hazard of loss; liabillity to loss in property.
    {To run a risk}, to incur hazard; to encounter danger.
    Syn: Danger; hazard; peril; jeopardy; exposure. See {Danger}.
  2. \Risk\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Risked}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    {Risking}.] [CF. F. risquer. See {Risk}, n.]
    1. To expose to risk, hazard, or peril; to venture; as, to
       risk goods on board of a ship; to risk one's person in
       battle; to risk one's fame by a publication.
    2. To incur the risk or danger of; as, to risk a battle.
    Syn: To hazard; peril; endanger; jeopard.
Biology Dictionary
 Definition: This term must not be confused with the term "hazard". It is most correctly applied to the predicted or actual frequency of occurrence of an adverse effect of a chemical or other hazard.