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Meaning & Definition of Risk in English

English

Risk

/rɪsk/

noun

1. A source of danger

  • A possibility of incurring loss or misfortune
  • "Drinking alcohol is a health hazard"
    synonym:
  • hazard
  • ,
  • jeopardy
  • ,
  • peril
  • ,
  • risk
  • ,
  • endangerment

2. 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"
    synonym:
  • risk
  • ,
  • peril
  • ,
  • danger

3. The probability of becoming infected given that exposure to an infectious agent has occurred

    synonym:
  • risk
  • ,
  • risk of infection

4. The probability of being exposed to an infectious agent

    synonym:
  • risk
  • ,
  • risk of exposure

verb

1. Expose to a chance of loss or damage

  • "We risked losing a lot of money in this venture"
  • "Why risk your life?"
  • "She laid her job on the line when she told the boss that he was wrong"
    synonym:
  • risk
  • ,
  • put on the line
  • ,
  • lay on the line

2. Take a risk in the hope of a favorable outcome

  • "When you buy these stocks you are gambling"
    synonym:
  • gamble
  • ,
  • chance
  • ,
  • risk
  • ,
  • hazard
  • ,
  • take chances
  • ,
  • adventure
  • ,
  • run a risk
  • ,
  • take a chance

Examples of using

If you say that to Tom, you'll run the risk of losing your job.
She ran the risk of having an accident.
Not everyone is ready to take responsibility and expose himself to risk of making mistakes.