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Risk appears in the following palindromes (phrases that read the same backward as forward):

  • To prevent sulks, I risk lust, never pot.
  • Sonic cup packs I revive risk cappuccinos.
  • Red Roses run no risk, sir, on nurses order.
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The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English.

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun risk:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb risk:

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Definition of the noun risk

What does risk mean as a name of something?

Risk is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: risks

  1. a source of danger; a possibility of incurring loss or misfortune
  2. a venture undertaken without regard to possible loss or injury
    • example: he saw the rewards but not the risks of crime
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonyms of risk: danger / peril
    • more generic word: venture = any venturesome undertaking especially one with an uncertain outcome
    • more specific words:
  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

Alternative definition of the noun risk


  1. A possible, usually negative, outcome, e.g., a danger.
  2. The likelihood of a negative outcome.
  3. [Formal use in business, engineering, etc.] The potential (conventionally negative) impact of an event, determined by combining the likelihood of the event occurring with the impact should it occur.

Specialised definition of the noun risk

Glossary of pesticide

probability of any defined hazard occurring from exposure to a pesticide under specific conditions

  • note: Risk is a function of the likelihood of exposure and the likelihood to harm biological or other systems.

Glossary of sports

the danger that injury, damage or loss will occur (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

something likely to cause injury, damage or loss (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

Definition of the verb risk

What does risk mean as a doing word?

Risk is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.

verb - inflections: risked | risking | risks

  1. expose to a chance of loss or damage
  2. take a risk in the hope of a favorable outcome
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme]I cannot risk my job
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme, subject control with -ing]I cannot risk smoking
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme, that-complement clause]I cannot risk that I get into trouble

      Risk Verbs (with the same syntax): chance, hazard.

    • lexical domain: Activities - verbs of political and social activities and events
    • synonyms of risk: adventure / chance / gamble / hazard / run a risk / take a chance / take chances
    • more generic words: assay / attempt / essay / seek / try = make an effort or attempt
    • more specific terms:

Alternative definition of the verb risk


  1. [transitive] To incur risk [to something].
  2. [transitive] To incur risk [of something].
  3. [transitive] To incur risk [by something].


  1. "Risk" a.k.a. "Along Came Polly" is a 2004 American romantic comedy film written and directed by John Hamburg, starring Ben Stiller and Jennifer Aniston in the lead roles.
  2. "Risk" is a 2007 Bollywood film directed by Vishram Sawant. It stars Randeep Hooda, Vinod Khanna, Tanushree Dutta, Zakir Hussain, Yashpal Sharma and Anant Jog in the lead roles. The movie is based on the Mumbai underworld. Randeep Hooda plays the role of an honest cop, Suryakant Satam, fighting against the might of a Bangkok-based don Khalid Bin Jamal, played by Vinod Khanna.
  3. "Risk" is a 2000 film directed by Alan White.
  4. "Risk" is a 1970 adventure film written by Eduard Volodarskiy, Nikita Mikhalkov and Praskoviya Didyk; directed by Vasile Pescaru.
  5. "Risk" is a 1987 film directed by Dmitri Barshchevsky.
    • also known as Risiko
    • country: Soviet Union
    • genre: Documentary film
    • released in (28 years ago)

Phrases with Risk

Phrases starting with the word Risk:

  1. risk-free
  2. risk taker
  3. risk capital
  4. Risk appetite
  5. Risk Universe
  6. risk arbitrage
  7. Risk Tolerance
  8. Risk assessment

Phrases ending with the word Risk:

  1. high-risk
  2. run a risk
  3. Credit risk
  4. Flight Risk
  5. Market risk
  6. Take A Risk
  7. Seismic risk
  8. Currency risk
  9. External risk
  10. Residual risk
  11. to run a risk
  12. Political risk

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Risk

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Google previewRisk Assessment in Setting National Priorities (2013)

by James J. Bonin, Donald E. Stevenson

Risk is an expression of possible loss over a specific period of time or number of operational cycles. 3.

Google previewSignals and Systems (2015)

A Primer with MATLAB® by Matthew N. O. Sadiku, Warsame Hassan Ali

Risk means the likelihood of a specific effect originating from a certain hazard occurring within a specified period or in specified...

Risk is the objective correlative of the subjective uncertainty; uncertainty considered in the course of events in the external world b.

Risk is a combination of hazards measured by probability; a state of the world rather than a state of mind b.

Google previewRisk Management in Public Administration (2016)

by Konrad Raczkowski

Risk is a negative phenomenon: the threat of a negative deviation from the target, the possibility of making a wrong decision, the threat of achieving a negative result 2. Uncertainty is a subjective category, while risk is an objective one 3.

Google previewFinancial Management; Principles and Practice (1968)

Risk is the potential for unexpected events to occur.

Risk is the chance, or probability, that outcomes other than what is expected will occur.

Google previewImplementing Enterprise Risk Management (2014)

Case Studies and Best Practices by John Fraser, Betty Simkins, Kristina Narvaez

Operational risk is the risk of loss resulting from inadequate or failed internal processes, people, and systems or from external events. Operational risk is embedded in all of the bank's business activities, including the practices for managing ...

Google previewCFP Board Financial Planning Competency Handbook (2015)

by CFP Board

Reinvestment risk refers to the possibility that cash flow received from an investment cannot be invested at the same rate as expected. When an...

Credit risk is a more general term and refers to the likelihood of repayment of a loan from a creditor's point of view. For bonds...

Liquidity risk is the risk that a client's securities holdings, when sold, will generate less than the expected proceeds. This is not an ...

Google previewThe Boston Institute of Finance Stockbroker Course (2005)

Series 7 and 63 Test Prep + CD by Boston Institute of Finance

Selection risk is the risk that an investor may choose a security that performs poorly even though it is a suitable security. A customer may purchase 100 shares of ABC Corporation at $80 per share. ABC is a highquality security. ABC earnings ...

Google previewThe Law of Corporate Finance: General Principles and EU Law (2009)

Volume II: Contracts in General by Petri Mäntysaari

Managing the firm's exposure to counterparty risk means managing the principal- agency relationship with the firm as principal and its contract party as agent.

commercial risk is the risk that the other party fails to fulfil its obligations for commercial or operational reasons.

Google previewRisky Business in China (2014)

A Guide to Due Diligence by J. Gordon

But, as the business pages of the world's newspapers proclaim on an almost daily basis, business risk is a global...

Whether it is in China or anywhere else, risk is an integral part of any business, and one that all managers need to address.

Google previewWiley Series 66 Exam Review 2015 + Test Bank (2014)

The Uniform Combined State Law Examination by The Securities Institute of America, Inc.

CREDIT RISK Credit risk is the risk of default inherent in debt securities. An investor may lose all or part of an investment because the issuer has defaulted and cannot pay the interest or principal payments owed to the investor.

Google previewAgricultural Finance (2015)

From Crops to Land, Water and Infrastructure by Helyette Geman

IntroductIon Risk is an important aspect of the farming business.

risk refers to uncertainty about the prices producers will receive for commodities or costs of the inputs such as seeds and fertilizers.

Google previewFrontiers of Engineering: (2002)

Reports on Leading-Edge Engineering from the 2001 NAE Symposium on Frontiers of Engineering by National Academy of Engineering

NOZICK School of Civil and Environmental Engineering Cornell University Ithaca, New York INTRODUCTION Risk is the result of chance and negative outcome. An earthquake strikes. A bomb planted by a terrorist explodes on a ...

Google previewBehavioral Finance (2010)

Investors, Corporations, and Markets by H. Kent Baker, John R. Nofsinger

Risk is a subject matter applied jointly and collectively in an assortment of situations. It has different meanings and descriptions among various individuals, institutions, and fields. The purpose of this chapter is to provide the reader with an ...

Google previewSafety and Reliability of Industrial Products, Systems and Structures (2010)

by Carlos Guedes Soares

Individual risk is the frequency at which an individual may be expected to sustain a given level of harm from...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Quantitative Risk Analysis and Assessment (2008)

by Edward L. Melnick, Brian S. Everitt

Imbedded Options see Model Risk Imperfect Detection Rates see Sampling and Inspection for Monitoring Threats to Homeland...

Most methods in reliability and quantitative risk assessment assume that uncertainty is quantified via precise ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Finance (2006)

by Cheng-Few Lee

RISK. JOW-RAN CHANG, National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan MAO-WEI HUNG, National Taiwan University, Taiwan Parameter d is the agent's subjective time- discount factor and. Abstract Empirical work on portfolio choice and asset ...

Google previewThe Judicial Dictionary, of Words and Phrases Judicially Interpreted (1903)

To which Has Been Added Statutory Definitions by Frederick Stroud

Including Risk of Craft " ; V. Gen. Insrce of Trieste v. Royal Ex. Assrce, 2 Cora. Ca. 144. " Including all Risks of Craft to and from the Vessel" will cover carriage in a Lighter belonging to the assured (per Mathew, J., Paul v. N. America Insrce, 15 ...

Google previewDictionary of Health Insurance and Managed Care (2006)

by David E. Marcinko, MBA, CFP, CMP

RISK MANAGEMENT RISK MANAGEMENT: Measuring, identifying, and controlling potential adverse outcomes. RISK MEASURE: Measure of the expected per capita costs of efficiently provided health care services to a defined group for ...

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Quotes about Risk

No man is worth his salt who is not ready at all times to risk his well-being, to risk his body, to risk his life, in a great cause. (Theodore Roosevelt)
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Scrabble value of R1I1S1K5

The value of this 4-letter word is 8 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

Anagrams of RISK

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