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risk

noun [C/U]  /rɪsk/ us  
danger, or the possibility of danger, defeat, or loss: [C] There’s a risk of an accident happening in this fog. [C] I was afraid to take the risk of quitting my job before I had another one lined up. [U] We want clean rivers and lakes, where you can swim without risk to your health. [U] It was a high/low risk situation (= a situation with a lot of/very little danger). A risk is also someone or something that could cause a problem or loss: [C] Teenage drivers are considered higher risks. at risk To be at risk is to be in danger: A child who hasn’t been vaccinated is at risk.
risky
adjective  /ˈrɪs·ki/ us  
The business investment was a risky proposition.

risk

verb [T]  /rɪsk/ us  
to do something or to enter a situation where there is a possibility of being hurt or of a loss or defeat: He risked his life helping another man escape the fire. We risk losing the business if we don’t pay off the loan on time.
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