Definition of risk verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    risk

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//rɪsk//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪsk//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they risk
    BrE BrE//rɪsk//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪsk//
     
    he / she / it risks
    BrE BrE//rɪsks//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪsks//
     
    past simple risked
    BrE BrE//rɪskt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪskt//
     
    past participle risked
    BrE BrE//rɪskt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪskt//
     
    -ing form risking
    BrE BrE//ˈrɪskɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈrɪskɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1  risk 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. 2  to do something that may mean that you get into a situation which is unpleasant or harmful 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. 3  to 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 travelling in these conditions. More Like This Verbs usually followed by -ing forms avoid, consider, delay, deny, enjoy, escape, finish, give up, imagine, involve, mention, mind, miss, postpone, practise, resist, risk, suggestSee worksheet.
  4. Word Origin mid 17th cent.: from French risque (noun), risquer (verb), from Italian risco ‘danger’ and rischiare ‘run into danger’.Extra examples He was prepared to risk everything in order to achieve his ambition. I am not risking my neck for anyone! I didn’t want to risk being late. I knew I would be in trouble if I was found out, but I decided to risk it anyway. I refuse to risk being hurt. I simply can’t risk being seen there. I wouldn’t risk my money on a scheme like this one. I wouldn’t risk my money on this investment. families who risk losing their homes the brave tourist who risks life and limb for adventure He had no desire to risk his neck for the king and his favourites. In ignoring the warnings, she was risking her own and her children’s health. It was a difficult decision but we decided to risk it. She has been willing to risk life and limb to get a good close-up shot of the nesting birds. We’ve been advised not to risk travelling in these conditions.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. More Like This Alliteration in idioms belt and braces, black and blue, born and bred, chalk and cheese, chop and change, done and dusted, down and dirty, in dribs and drabs, eat somebody out of house and home, facts and figures, fast and furious, first and foremost, forgive and forget, hale and hearty, hem and haw, kith and kin, mix and match, part and parcel, puff and pant, to rack and ruin, rant and rave, risk life and limb, short and sweet, signed and sealed, spic and span, through thick and thin, this and that, top and tail, tried and tested, wax and waneSee worksheet.
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