Risk - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |rɪsk|  American pronunciation of the word risk
Brit.  |rɪsk|  British pronunciation of the word risk


- a source of danger; a possibility of incurring loss or misfortune (syn: endangerment, hazard, jeopardy, peril)
- a venture undertaken without regard to possible loss or injury(syn: danger, peril)
- the probability of becoming infected given that exposure to an infectious agent has occurred
- the probability of being exposed to an infectious agent


- expose to a chance of loss or damage
- take a risk in the hope of a favorable outcome (syn: adventure, chance, gamble, hazard)


I prefer not to expose my money to too much risk.

The degree of risk is minimal.

All investments have an element of risk.

The trip didn't seem like much of a risk.

I'm aware of the risks associated with this treatment.

There is a risk of liver damage with this medication.

Wearing a seatbelt greatly reduces the risk of injury or death in a car accident.

We feel that this product presents a significant risk to public health.

To me, skydiving is not worth the risk.

Smoking is a risk to your lungs.

She risked her life to save her children.

He risked all his money on starting his own business.

He risked breaking his neck.

She's risking being considered too sentimental.

The country risked a war.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: risk
he/she/it: risks
present participle: risking
past tense: risked
past participle: risked
singular: risk
plural: risks
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