- 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 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 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. Word Origin mid 17th cent.: from French risque (noun), risquer (verb), from Italian risco
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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//