[ US /ˈɹɪsk/ ]
[ UK /ɹˈɪsk/ ]
  1. the probability of being exposed to an infectious agent
  2. the probability of becoming infected given that exposure to an infectious agent has occurred
  3. a source of danger; a possibility of incurring loss or misfortune
    drinking alcohol is a health hazard
  4. 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
  1. expose to a chance of loss or damage
    We risked losing a lot of money in this venture
    She laid her job on the line when she told the boss that he was wrong
    Why risk your life?
  2. take a risk in the hope of a favorable outcome
    When you buy these stocks you are gambling
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How To Use risk In A Sentence

  • Using a bold colour such as yellow is risky. Times, Sunday Times
  • I couldn't stand there and risk someone being a bit shirty with him so I touched him lightly on the arm and indicated that he should stand on the right.
  • The rest of them continued filling plates while Reggie and Lettie returned at brisk intervals to reload their trays. WEEKEND FOR MURDER
  • Some experienced foreign jumpers displayed hand-in-hand group jumping, wingsuit jumping and somersaults during free fall; all the risky stunts thrilled the audience.
  • Nulliparous women are reportedly at a higher risk of developing complications of pregnancy and delivery than multipara.
  • One consequence of epidemiological research into the contribution of lifestyle factors to cancer risk has been to blame the individual who develops cancer.
  • However, I took the risk of putting a hand close to a yowling muzzle and was greeted with a cold nose and a non-committal snuffle before the full-on baying started again.
  • Regardless of how skilled she knew she was, the extreme risk and danger of what she was about to undertake wasn't lost on her.
  • She talks to doctors and parents about the risks, finding that a number object to the jab and fear it will promote promiscuity. The Sun
  • Meanwhile, doctors have identified still more reactions to stress that can increase our risk of cardiovascular disease. Times, Sunday Times
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