1. a source of danger; a possibility of incurring loss or misfortune;
- Example: "drinking alcohol is a health hazard"
[syn: hazard, jeopardy, peril, risk, endangerment]
2. a venture undertaken without regard to possible loss or injury;
- Example: "he saw the rewards but not the risks of crime"
- Example: "there was a danger he would do the wrong thing"
[syn: risk, peril, danger]
3. the probability of becoming infected given that exposure to an infectious agent has occurred;
[syn: risk, risk of infection]
4. the probability of being exposed to an infectious agent;
[syn: risk, risk of exposure]
1. expose to a chance of loss or damage;
- Example: "We risked losing a lot of money in this venture"
- Example: "Why risk your life?"
- Example: "She laid her job on the line when she told the boss that he was wrong"
[syn: risk, put on the line, lay on the line]
2. take a risk in the hope of a favorable outcome;
- Example: "When you buy these stocks you are gambling"
[syn: gamble, chance, risk, hazard, take chances, adventure, run a risk, take a chance]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Risk \Risk\, n. [F. risque; cf. It. risco, risico, rischio, Pg. risco, Sp. riesgo, and also Sp. risco a steep rock; all probably fr. L. resceare to cut off; pref. re- re- + secare to cut; -- the word having been probably first used among sailors. See Section.] 1. Hazard; danger; peril; exposure to loss, injury, or destruction. [1913 Webster] The imminent and constant risk of assassination, a risk which has shaken very strong nerves. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster] 2. (Com.) Hazard of loss; liabillity to loss in property. [1913 Webster] To run a risk, to incur hazard; to encounter danger. [1913 Webster] Syn: Danger; hazard; peril; jeopardy; exposure. See Danger. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Risk \Risk\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Risked; p. pr. & vb. n. Risking.] [CF. F. risquer. See Risk, n.] 1. To expose to risk, hazard, or peril; to venture; as, to risk goods on board of a ship; to risk one's person in battle; to risk one's fame by a publication. [1913 Webster] 2. To incur the risk or danger of; as, to risk a battle. [1913 Webster] Syn: To hazard; peril; endanger; jeopard. [1913 Webster]Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
175 Moby Thesaurus words for "risk": accident, accidentality, actuarial calculation, admit of, adventitiousness, adventure, be liable, be subjected to, beard, bet, bid fair to, brave, break, breakers ahead, buy in, buy into, calculated risk, cardhouse, casualness, cause for alarm, chance, chance it, compromise, confront, court destruction, crisis, danger, dangerous ground, dare, defy, defy danger, destiny, desultoriness, emergency, encounter, encounter danger, endanger, endangerment, expose, exposure, face, face up to, fate, financier, flier, flukiness, forget the odds, fortuitousness, fortuity, fortune, gamble, gamble on, gamble with, gaping chasm, gathering clouds, good fortune, good luck, hap, happenstance, happy chance, hazard, heedless hap, house of cards, how they fall, imperil, imperilment, incur danger, indeterminacy, indeterminateness, infirmity, insecurity, insolidity, instability, insubstantiality, invest, invest in, investment, jeopard, jeopardize, jeopardy, law of averages, lay open, lay out money, liability, liableness, lie under, lot, luck, make an investment, make book, meet, menace, moira, openness, opportunity, pass, peril, perilousness, pinch, place, play, play with fire, plight, plow back into, plunge, precariousness, predicament, predict, prime investment, principle of indeterminacy, probability, problematicness, prognosticate, put, put in danger, put in jeopardy, quicksand, random sample, reinvest, rely on fortune, riskiness, rocks ahead, run a chance, run of luck, run the chance, run the risk, serendipity, set at hazard, shakiness, shiftiness, shiftingness, sink, sink money in, slipperiness, speculate, speculation, speculativeness, stand a chance, stand fair to, stand to gain, stand to lose, statistical probability, storm clouds, strait, take a chance, take a flier, take chances, tempt Providence, tempt fortune, the breaks, theory of probability, thin ice, threat, ticklishness, treacherousness, treachery, trust to chance, try the chance, unauthenticity, unauthoritativeness, uncertainty, uncertainty principle, undependability, unfaithworthiness, unreliability, unsolidity, unsoundness, unsteadfastness, unsteadiness, unsubstantiality, unsureness, untrustworthiness, venture, wager, whatever comes