Definitions for: Risk


[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"
[n] a source of danger; "drinking alcohol is a health hazard"
[v] take a risk in the hope of a favorable outcome; "When you buy these stocks you are gambling"
[v] expose to a chance of loss or damage; "We risked losing a lot of money in this venture"; "Why risk your life?"



Webster (1913) Definition: 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
destruction.

The imminent and constant risk of assassination, a
risk which has shaken very strong nerves.
--Macaulay.

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.


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.

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

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