Definition of


  1. (noun, state) a source of danger; a possibility of incurring loss or misfortune
  2. (noun, act) a venture undertaken without regard to possible loss or injury
    there was a danger he would do the wrong thing
  3. (noun, attribute) the probability of becoming infected given that exposure to an infectious agent has occurred
  4. (noun, attribute) the probability of being exposed to an infectious agent
  5. (verb, social) expose to a chance of loss or damage
    Why risk your life?
    She laid her job on the line when she told the boss that he was wrong
  6. (verb, social) take a risk in the hope of a favorable outcome

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Origin of the word Risk

  1. 1661, risque, from Fr. risque, from It. risco, riscio (modern rischio), from riscare "run into danger," of uncertain origin. The Anglicized spelling first recorded 1728. Sp. riesgo and Ger. Risiko are It. loan-words. The verb is from 1687; risky first recorded 1826. more

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Words that sound like Risk

r.c., race, raceway, rachis, rachischisis, rack, racy, rag, rag week, rage, ragee, ragi, ragusa, raise, raj, raja, rajah, rake

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