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risk

noun [C/U]    /rɪsk/
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    /ˈrɪs·ki/ adjective The business investment was a risky proposition .
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