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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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