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risk

noun
 
 
/rɪsk/
POSSIBILITY [C, U] B2 the possibility of something bad happening: the risk of heart disease People in the Northeast face the highest risk of being burgled. [+ (that)] There is a slight risk that the blood could have become infected.Possible and probable
SOMETHING BAD [C] something bad that might happen: There are more health risks when older women get pregnant.Dangers and threats
at risk B2 being in a situation where something bad is likely to happen: Releasing these prisoners into the community puts the public at risk. If you've got asthma, you're more at risk of having eczema.Dangers and threatsTaking risksGambling and bookmaking
at your own risk If you do something at your own risk, you are completely responsible for anything bad that might happen because of it.Duty, obligation and responsibility
run the risk of sth to do something although something bad might happen because of it: I think I'll run the risk of hurting her feelings, and tell her the truth.Dangers and threats
take a risk B2 to do something although something bad might happen because of it: This time I'm not taking any risks - I'm going to get insured.Dangers and threats
Translations of “risk”
in Arabic مُخاطَرة…
in Korean 위험, 리스크…
in Malaysian risiko…
in French risque…
in Turkish tehlike, risk, riziko…
in Italian rischio…
in Chinese (Traditional) 風險, 危險, 潛在危險…
in Russian риск, угроза…
in Polish ryzyko, zagrożenie…
in Vietnamese sự rủi ro…
in Spanish riesgo…
in Portuguese risco…
in Thai การเสี่ยงภัย…
in German das Risiko…
in Catalan risc, perill…
in Japanese 危険性, リスク…
in Indonesian risiko…
in Chinese (Simplified) 风险, 危险, 潜在危险…
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