American English

Definition of risk verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they risk
    he / she / it risks
    past simple risked
    -ing form risking
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  1. 1risk something to put something valuable or important in a dangerous situation, in which it could be lost or damaged He risked his life to save her. She was risking her own and her children's health. He risked all his money on a game of cards. They were willing to risk everything for their liberty.
  2. 2to do something that may cause you to get into a situation that is unpleasant for you risk something There was no choice. If they stayed there, they risked death. risk (somebody/something) doing something They knew they risked being arrested.
  3. 3to do something that you know is not really a good idea or may not succeed risk something He risked a glance at her furious face. It was a difficult decision but we decided to risk it. risk doing something We've been advised not to risk traveling in these conditions.
  4. Idioms
    risk life and limb, risk your neck
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    to risk being killed or injured in order to do something She risked life and limb to save her children from the fire.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: risk