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risk

risk

 
pronunciation:
rIsk
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: the possibility of suffering injury or loss; dangerous chance.
The explorers faced many risks as they made their way across the ice.Life is filled with risks, but we must carry on nonetheless.
synonyms:
danger, hazard, jeopardy, peril
antonyms:
impossibility, safety
similar words:
chance
definition 2: a person or thing that involves possible danger, injury, or loss.
This kind of investment is always a risk.
synonyms:
danger, gamble, hazard, peril, venture
definition 3: the probability of loss to an insurer, esp. an insurance company.
definition 4: someone or something in regard to the likelihood of loss to the insurer.
a good risk
 
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: risked, risking, risks
definition 1: to subject to the possibility of injury or loss; hazard.
She risked her life to climb the mountain.Are you willing to risk your reputation by making this claim?
synonyms:
endanger, gamble, hazard, imperil, jeopardize, venture
similar words:
adventure, menace, pawn, peril, stake, wager
definition 2: to take the chance of or accept the possibility of (some harmful or adverse consequence).
She risked punishment when she disobeyed the order.They risked losing their jobs by protesting against conditions in the factory.He risked embarrassing himself by asking such a question, but he had to have an answer.
synonyms:
chance, hazard
similar words:
tempt, venture
Word Builder: risk +
  • risky:
    involving a risk.