exposure to the chance of injury or loss; a hazard or dangerous chance:
It’s not worth the risk.
the hazard or chance of loss.
the degree of probability of such loss.
the amount that the insurance company may lose.
a person or thing with reference to the hazard involved in insuring him, her, or it.
the type of loss, as life, fire, marine disaster, or earthquake, against which an insurance policy is drawn.
to expose to the chance of injury or loss; hazard:
to risk one’s life.
to venture upon; take or run the chance of:
to risk a fall in climbing; to risk a war.
in a dangerous situation or status; in jeopardy:
families at risk in the area of the weakened dam.
under financial or legal obligation; held responsible:
Are individual investors at risk for the debt part of the real estate venture?
take / run a risk, to expose oneself to the chance of injury or loss; put oneself in danger; hazard; venture.
the possibility of incurring misfortune or loss; hazard
chance of a loss or other event on which a claim may be filed
the type of such an event, such as fire or theft
the amount of the claim should such an event occur
a person or thing considered with respect to the characteristics that may cause an insured event to occur
vulnerable; likely to be lost or damaged
(social welfare) vulnerable to personal damage, to the extent that a welfare agency might take protective responsibility
(Austral, informal) no risk, an expression of assent
take a risk, run a risk, to proceed in an action without regard to the possibility of danger involved in it
to expose to danger or loss; hazard
to act in spite of the possibility of (injury or loss): to risk a fall in climbing
1660s, risque, from French risque (16c.), from Italian risco, riscio (modern rischio), from riscare “run into danger,” of uncertain origin. The anglicized spelling first recorded 1728. Spanish riesgo and German Risiko are Italian loan-words. With run (v.) from 1660s. Risk aversion is recorded from 1942; risk factor from 1906; risk management from 1963; risk taker from 1892.
1680s, from risk (n.), or from French risquer, from Italian riscare, rischaire, from the noun. Related: Risked; risks; risking.
The possibility of suffering a harmful event.
A factor or course involving uncertain danger, as with smoking or exposure to radiation.
In danger, as in Their house’s location on the San Andreas Fault puts them at risk in the next major earthquake. [ c. 1900 ]
Legally responsible to pay for loss or damage, as in If he can’t keep up with the insurance premiums, he is at risk for any liability claims on the property. [ Late 1700s ]
In addition to the idiom beginning with
run a risk
- At same time
the system of those sequential relations that any event has to any other, as past, present, or future; indefinite and continuous duration regarded as that in which events succeed one another. duration regarded as belonging to the present life as distinct from the life to come or from eternity; finite duration. (sometimes initial capital letter) […]
- At sea
the salt waters that cover the greater part of the earth’s surface. a division of these waters, of considerable extent, more or less definitely marked off by land boundaries: the North Sea. one of the ; ocean. a large lake or landlocked body of water. the degree or amount of turbulence of the ocean or […]
- At sight
the power or faculty of seeing; perception of objects by use of the eyes; vision. an act, fact, or instance of seeing. one’s range of vision on some specific occasion: Land is in sight. a view; glimpse. mental perception or regard; judgment. something seen or worth seeing; spectacle: the sights of London. Informal. something unusual, […]
- At second hand
the hand that indicates the seconds on a clock or watch. an assistant or helper, as to a worker or foreman. at second hand, from or through an intermediate source or means; secondhand: She had the news at second hand. noun a pointer on the face of a timepiece that indicates the seconds Compare hour […]