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RISK

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does risk mean? 

RISK (noun)
  The noun RISK has 4 senses:

1. a source of danger; a possibility of incurring loss or misfortune
2. a venture undertaken without regard to possible loss or injury
3. the probability of becoming infected given that exposure to an infectious agent has occurred
4. the probability of being exposed to an infectious agent

  Familiarity information: RISK used as a noun is uncommon.


RISK (verb)
  The verb RISK has 2 senses:

1. expose to a chance of loss or damage
2. take a risk in the hope of a favorable outcome

  Familiarity information: RISK used as a verb is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


RISK (noun)


Sense 1risk [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A source of danger; a possibility of incurring loss or misfortune

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Synonyms:

risk; peril; jeopardy; hazard; endangerment

Context example:

drinking alcohol is a health hazard

Hypernyms ("risk" is a kind of...):

danger (a cause of pain or injury or loss)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "risk"):

sword of Damocles (a constant and imminent peril)

occupational hazard (any condition of a job that can result in illness or injury)

moral hazard ((economics) the lack of any incentive to guard against a risk when you are protected against it (as by insurance))

health hazard (hazard to the health of those exposed to it)


Sense 2risk [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A venture undertaken without regard to possible loss or injury

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

danger; risk; peril

Context examples:

he saw the rewards but not the risks of crime / there was a danger he would do the wrong thing

Hypernyms ("risk" is a kind of...):

venture (any venturesome undertaking especially one with an uncertain outcome)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "risk"):

chance (a risk involving danger)

crapshoot (a risky and uncertain venture)

gamble (a risky act or venture)


Sense 3risk [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

risk of infection; risk

Hypernyms ("risk" is a kind of...):

chance; probability (a measure of how likely it is that some event will occur; a number expressing the ratio of favorable cases to the whole number of cases possible)


Sense 4risk [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The probability of being exposed to an infectious agent

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

risk of exposure; risk

Hypernyms ("risk" is a kind of...):

chance; probability (a measure of how likely it is that some event will occur; a number expressing the ratio of favorable cases to the whole number of cases possible)


RISK (verb)


Sense 1risk [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Expose to a chance of loss or damage

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Synonyms:

lay on the line; put on the line; risk

Context examples:

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

Hypernyms (to "risk" is one way to...):

assay; attempt; essay; seek; try (make an effort or attempt)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "risk"):

adventure; hazard; jeopardize; stake; venture (put at risk)

bell the cat (take a risk; perform a daring act)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s VERB-ing


Sense 2risk [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Take a risk in the hope of a favorable outcome

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Synonyms:

adventure; take chances; gamble; take a chance; run a risk; risk; chance; hazard

Context example:

When you buy these stocks you are gambling

Hypernyms (to "risk" is one way to...):

assay; attempt; essay; seek; try (make an effort or attempt)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "risk"):

go for broke (risk everything in one big effort)

luck it; luck through (act by relying on one's luck)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s that CLAUSE


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