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/ rɪsk /
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noun
exposure to the chance of injury or loss; a hazard or dangerous chance: It's not worth the risk.
Insurance.
  1. the hazard or chance of loss.
  2. the degree of probability of such loss.
  3. the amount that the insurance company may lose.
  4. a person or thing with reference to the hazard involved in insuring him, her, or it.
  5. the type of loss, as life, fire, marine disaster, or earthquake, against which an insurance policy is drawn.
verb (used with object)
to expose to the chance of injury or loss; hazard: to risk one's life.
to venture upon; take or run the chance of: to risk a fall in climbing; to risk a war.
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Idioms about risk

    at risk,
    1. in a dangerous situation or status; in jeopardy: families at risk in the area of the weakened dam.
    2. under financial or legal obligation; held responsible: Are individual investors at risk for the debt part of the real estate venture?
    take / run a risk, to expose oneself to the chance of injury or loss; put oneself in danger; hazard; venture.

Origin of risk

1655–65; <French risque<Italian risc(hi)o, of obscure origin

OTHER WORDS FROM risk

risker, nounriskless, adjectiveun·risked, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for risk

risk
/ (rɪsk) /

noun
verb (tr)
to expose to danger or loss; hazard
to act in spite of the possibility of (injury or loss)to risk a fall in climbing

Derived forms of risk

risker, noun

Word Origin for risk

C17: from French risque, from Italian risco, from rischiare to be in peril, from Greek rhiza cliff (from the hazards of sailing along rocky coasts)
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