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Etymology

Latin resicum, risicum, riscus : cliff, récif, Felsklippe, is the direct formal origin for Italian risico, risco, rischio, Spanish riesgo and French risque. Latin word comes from a Greek navigation term rhizikon, rhiza which meant "root, stone, cut of the firm land" and was a metaphor for "difficulty to avoid in the sea".

Noun

Singular
risk

Plural
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  1. A possible, usually negative, outcome, e.g., a danger.
    • 2006: BBC News website, Farmers warned over skin cancer read at [1] on 14 May 2006
      There was also a "degree of complacency" that the weather in the country was not good enough to present a health risk.
  2. The likelihood of a negative outcome.
    • 2006: Trever Ramsey on BBC News website, Exercise 'cuts skin cancer risk' read at [2] on 14 May 2006
      Taking regular exercise, coupled with a healthy diet, reduced the risk of several types of cancer.
  3. (Formal use in business, engineering, etc.) The potential (conventionally negative) impact of an event, determined by combining the likelihood of the event occurring with the impact should it occur.
    • c2002: Decisioneering Inc website, What is risk? read at [3] on 14 May 2006
      If there is a 25% chance of running over schedule, costing you a $100 out of your own pocket, that might be a risk you are willing to take. But if you have a 5% chance of running overschedule, knowing that there is a $10,000 penalty, you might be less willing to take that risk.

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Verb

Infinitive
to risk

Third person singular
risks

Simple past
risked

Past participle
-

Present participle
risking

to risk (third-person singular simple present risks, present participle risking, simple past and past participle risked)
  1. (transitive) To incur risk [to something].
    • 2006, BBC Sport website, Beckham wary over Rooney comeback read at [4] on 14 May 2006
      England captain David Beckham has warned Wayne Rooney not to risk his long-term future by rushing his return from injury.
  2. (transitive) To incur risk [of something].
    • 2006, Transportation Alternatives website, Rail delays as thieves cut power read at [5] on 14 May 2006
      These people are putting themselves in danger by physically being on or near to the railway lines and risking serious injury.
  3. (transitive) To incur risk [by something].
    • 1999, BBC News website, Volunteer of the Month: Andrew Hay McConnell read at [6] on 14 May 2006
      After coming to New York, I decided to risk cycling again.

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Noun

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  1. risk

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