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English noun: risk

1. risk (state) a source of danger; a possibility of incurring loss or misfortune


SamplesDrinking alcohol is a health hazard.


Synonymsendangerment, hazard, jeopardy, peril


Broader (hypernym)danger


Narrower (hyponym)health hazard, moral hazard, occupational hazard, sword of Damocles

2. risk (act) a venture undertaken without regard to possible loss or injury


SamplesHe saw the rewards but not the risks of crime.
There was a danger he would do the wrong thing.


Synonymsdanger, peril


Broader (hypernym)venture


Narrower (hyponym)chance, crapshoot, gamble

3. risk (attribute) the probability of becoming infected given that exposure to an infectious agent has occurred


Synonymsrisk of infection


Broader (hypernym)chance, probability

4. risk (attribute) the probability of being exposed to an infectious agent


Synonymsrisk of exposure


Broader (hypernym)chance, probability


English verb: risk

1. risk (social) expose to a chance of loss or damage


SamplesWe risked losing a lot of money in this venture.
Why risk your life?.
She laid her job on the line when she told the boss that he was wrong.


Synonymslay on the line, put on the line


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s VERB-ing


Broader (hypernym)assay, attempt, essay, seek, try


Narrower (hyponym)adventure, bell the cat, hazard, jeopardize, stake, venture

2. risk (social) take a risk in the hope of a favorable outcome


SamplesWhen you buy these stocks you are gambling.


Synonymsadventure, chance, gamble, hazard, run a risk, take a chance, take chances


Pattern of useSomebody ----s that CLAUSE


Broader (hypernym)assay, attempt, essay, seek, try


Narrower (hyponym)go for broke, luck it, luck through









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