see also: Risk
Pronunciation Noun


  1. (countable) A possible adverse event or outcome
    Synonyms: danger, peril, hazard&
    • 18, Thomas Babington Macaulay, chapter 7, in The History of England from the Accession of James the Second, volume (please specify ), London: Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, OCLC 1069526323 ↗:
    • 2006, BBC News website, Farmers warned over skin cancer read at on 14 May 2006
      There was also a "degree of complacency" that the weather in the country was not good enough to present a health risk.
  2. The probability of a negative outcome to a decision or event.
    There is risk of being brutalized, arrested, imprisoned and tortured, all because I want you to know the truth about this matter.
    • 2006, Trever Ramsey on BBC News website, Exercise 'cuts skin cancer risk' read at on 14 May 2006
      Taking regular exercise, coupled with a healthy diet, reduced the risk of several types of cancer.
  3. The magnitude of possible loss consequent to a decision or event.
  4. (formal use in business, engineering, etc.) The potential (conventionally negative) effect#Noun|effect of an event, determined by combining the likelihood of the event occurring with the effect#Noun|effect should it occur.
    • 2002, Decisioneering Inc website, What is risk? read at on 14 May 2006
      If there is a 25% chance of running over schedule, costing you a $100 out of your own pocket, that might be a risk you are willing to take. But if you have a 5% chance of running overschedule, knowing that there is a $10,000 penalty, you might be less willing to take that risk.
  5. (countable, insurance) An entity insured by an insurer or the specific uncertain events that the insurer underwrites.
Translations Translations Translations Verb

risk (risks, present participle risking; past and past participle risked)

  1. (transitive) To incur risk of (something).
    • 2006, Transportation Alternatives website, Rail delays as thieves cut power read at on 14 May 2006
      These people are putting themselves in danger by physically being on or near to the railway lines and risking serious injury.
  2. (transitive) To incur risk of harming or jeopardizing.
    • 2006, BBC Sport website, Beckham wary over Rooney comeback read at on 14 May 2006
      England captain David Beckham has warned Wayne Rooney not to risk his long-term future by rushing his return from injury.
  3. (transitive) To incur risk as a result of (doing something).
    • 1999, BBC News website, Volunteer of the Month: Andrew Hay McConnell read at [https://web.archive.org/web/20060221081946/http://www.transalt.org/press/magazine/994Summer/12volunteer.html] on 14 May 2006
      After coming to New York, I decided to risk cycling again.
Translations Translations Translations
  • Portuguese: arriscar
  • Russian: рискова́ть

Proper noun
  1. Surname

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