• WordNet 3.6
    • v risk take a risk in the hope of a favorable outcome "When you buy these stocks you are gambling"
    • v risk expose to a chance of loss or damage "We 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"
    • n risk a venture undertaken without regard to possible loss or injury "he saw the rewards but not the risks of crime","there was a danger he would do the wrong thing"
    • n risk the probability of being exposed to an infectious agent
    • n risk the probability of becoming infected given that exposure to an infectious agent has occurred
    • n risk a source of danger; a possibility of incurring loss or misfortune "drinking alcohol is a health hazard"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The risk of cardiovascular disease is twice as high in women that snore regularly compared to women who do not snore
    • Risk (Com) Hazard of loss; liabillity to loss in property.
    • Risk Hazard; danger; peril; exposure to loss, injury, or destruction. "The imminent and constant risk of assassination, a risk which has shaken very strong nerves."
    • Risk To expose to risk, hazard, or peril; to venture; as, to risk goods on board of a ship; to risk one's person in battle; to risk one's fame by a publication.
    • Risk To incur the risk or danger of; as, to risk a battle.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Research has indicated that a tie that is on too tight can increase the risk of glaucoma in men
    • n risk Hazard; danger; peril; exposure to mischance or harm; venture: as, at the risk of one's life; at the risk of contagion. Common in the phrase to run a (the) risk, to incur hazard; take the chance of failure or disaster.
    • n risk In com.: The hazard of loss of ship, goods, or other property.
    • n risk The degree of hazard or danger upon which the premiums of insurance are calculated.
    • n risk Hence, by extension, insurance obligation: as, our company has no risks in that city. Synonyms Exposure, Venture, Risk, Hazard, jeopardy, peril. The first four words are in the order of strength. They imply voluntary action more often than danger, etc. (see danger): as, he ran a great risk; it was a bold venture, involving the exposure of his health and the hazard of his fortunes. They generally imply also that the chances are unfavorable rather than favorable. Exposure is, literally, a putting out, as into a dangerous place; the word is geuerally followed by that to which one is exposed: as, exposure to attack.
    • risk To hazard; expose to the chance of injury or loss.
    • risk To venture upon; take the chances of: as, to risk a surgical operation.
    • risk Synonyms To peril, jeopard, stake. See risk, n.
    • n risk Same as reesk and risp.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: People who meet their calcium need reduce their risk of developing kidney stones
    • n Risk risk hazard: chance of loss or injury
    • v.t Risk to expose to hazard: to venture, to take the chance of
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  • Millard Drexler
    Millard Drexler
    “You can't run a business without taking risks.”
  • Herodotus
    “Great deeds are usually wrought at great risks.”
  • Trammell Crow
    Trammell Crow
    “There's as much risk in doing nothing as in doing something.”
  • Muhammad Ali
    “He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.”
  • Warren Buffett
    “Risk comes from not knowing what you're doing.”
  • Pierre Corneille
    “To win without risk is to triumph without glory.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. risque,; cf. It. risco, risico, rischio, Pg. risco, Sp. riesgo, and also Sp. risco, a steep rock; all probably fr. L. resceare, to cut off; pref. re-, re- + secare, to cut; -- the word having been probably first used among sailors. See Section


In literature:

But whatever may be the result the individual, who is thus a spectator at a distance, runs no personal risks.
"Famous Sea Fights" by John Richard Hale
I shouldn't like to risk going near him.
"The Peril Finders" by George Manville Fenn
I'd hev risked my life an' risked it mighty close, to hev seed that scene.
"The Keepers of the Trail" by Joseph A. Altsheler
They, therefore, wisely resolved not to risk such an accident, but to "hug the shore," though it made their voyage longer.
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid
As it happened, the risks that must be faced were numerous.
"Prescott of Saskatchewan" by Harold Bindloss
He could at any rate afford to take more risks.
"The Creators" by May Sinclair
So termed from the risk in such frail craft.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
And so she had resolved to risk all her happiness upon her conviction of his faithfulness.
"The Bertrams" by Anthony Trollope
Better put it off for another time than to run any risk.
"Condemned as a Nihilist" by George Alfred Henty
The other is that you will take care of yourself, run no risks, and do nothing rash while we are away.
"The Mystery of the Green Ray" by William Le Queux

In poetry:

You have wandered far away;
Do not risk another day;
Do not turn from God your face,
But today accept His grace.
"Why Not Now?" by Daniel Webster Moody
When was ever kingdom made,
Glory bought, or empire won,
When was might guerdon gained
But a mighty risk was run?
"Nec Aspera Terrent" by Cicely Fox Smith
I spy the men so bold advance,
For honour risk is lifes,
And, vat I never spy in France,
The women all good vifes.
"Ca N'ira Pas" by Charles Dibdin
And now the settled day arrives,
Fixt for their savage joy;
To risk two unprotected lives,
Poor Neela and her boy.
"The Serpents" by William Hayley
Make of life the jest it is,
Laugh and fool and (maybe!) kiss,
Never for a moment, dear,
Love so well to risk a fear.
"Come, My Celia" by Richard Le Gallienne
O it was sad enough, weak enough, mad enough -
Light in their loving as soldiers can be -
First to risk choosing them, leave alone losing them
Now, in far battle, beyond the South Sea! . . .
"The Going Of The Battery [Wive's Lament November 2nd 1899]" by Thomas Hardy

In news:

IMF warns of ' alarmingly high' risk of deep global slowdown.
International Monetary Fund on Tuesday downgraded its economic projections and warned of an " alarmingly high" risk of a serious global slowdown because of fiscal problems in the US and.
IMF Sees ' Alarmingly High' Risk of Deeper Global Slump.
The risks of alcohol abuse .
Nov 17 event to benefit Adventure Risk Challenge.
Bring good karma, and drink at your own risk.
More than 20 million taxpayers are at risk of having to pay the so-called wealth tax when they file their 2010 taxes next year, if lawmakers fail to act.
Smoking is a risk factor for several diseases and has been increasing in many developing countries.
Risks of being a visionary.
But now is exactly the time for risk taking.
One out of every eight women in the US is at risk for developing breast cancer, and women who drink alcohol regularly only increase their risk.
With this approach, the ETF looks to hedge out some of the broad interest rate risk from the bond environment and allow investors to focus in on credit risk.
This heightened risk held true even when the researchers adjusted for age, gender, body mass index, previous cardiovascular disease and cardiovascular risk factors.
Risk Ready Risk & Insurance.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Shale gas and oil drilling pose environmental and public health risks, but the extent of those risks is unknown, the Congressional Government Accountability Office says in new study.

In science:

For a range of 4 ≤ p ≤ 25 the level of realized risk fluctuates around the risk for p = 12 (RMT suggestion) .
Portfolio Optimization and the Random Magnet Problem
Bouchaud, Theory of financial risk and derivative statistical physics to risk management, 1962. H.
Analysis of Inter-Domain Traffic Correlations: Random Matrix Theory Approach
Aggregation of risks is a key issue for risk management and regulation in the financial sector.
A duality approach to the worst case value at risk for a sum of dependent random variables with known covariances
Figure 3 shows how the “lifetime risk” at 200 years (dashed line) and the “sustainable lifetime risk” (solid curve) vary as a function of fraction of spacecraft deorbited.
Model of an International Environmental Agreement among Asymmetric Nations applied to Debris Mitigation
Pollard demonstrated that the classical K -means algorithm in Rm with squared loss function satisfies the Key Theorem of Learning Theory , p.36, “the minimal empirical risk must converge to the minimal actual risk”. A new clustering algorithm in probabilistic space P m was proposed in .
Strong Consistency of Prototype Based Clustering in Probabilistic Space