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verb [transitive] risk pronunciation in British English /rɪsk/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlerisking
past tenserisked
past participlerisked
  1. 1
    to do something that makes it possible for something important or valuable to be destroyed, damaged, or lost

    Do you realize how much you’re risking by supporting him in this?

    risk something on something:

    It’s a lot of money to risk on such an uncertain venture.

    1. a.
      to be in a situation in which something unpleasant or dangerous could happen to you
      risk death:

      Reports indicated that up to 4,000,000 people risked death from starvation.

      risk doing something:

      We don’t want to risk becoming involved in a civil war.

  2. 2
    to do something although you know that something bad could happen as a result

    She risked a quick glance back over her shoulder.

    risk doing something:

    Do you think I should risk sending him a letter?

    risk it (=risk doing something):

    It was a no-parking zone, but I decided to risk it anyway.




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a derogatory word used for referring to people in the banking and investment industry who are thought of as taking serious risks in order to increase their own earnings …

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