Meaning of RISK in English

I. ˈrisk noun

Etymology: French risque, from Italian risco

Date: circa 1661

1. : possibility of loss or injury : peril

2. : someone or something that creates or suggests a hazard


a. : the chance of loss or the perils to the subject matter of an insurance contract ; also : the degree of probability of such loss

b. : a person or thing that is a specified hazard to an insurer

a poor risk for insurance

c. : an insurance hazard from a specified cause or source

war risk

4. : the chance that an investment (as a stock or commodity) will lose value

• risk·less ˈris-kləs adjective

- at risk

II. transitive verb

Date: circa 1687

1. : to expose to hazard or danger

risk ed her life

2. : to incur the risk or danger of

risk ed breaking his neck

• risk·er noun

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.