[rɪsk] noun I
1) [C/U] the possibility that something unpleasant or dangerous might happen
The risks to consumers are being analysed.[/ex]
There is a serious risk of a major nuclear accident.[/ex]
the risk of developing lung cancer[/ex]
There is a risk that the virus can be transferred from patient to doctor.[/ex]
2) [C] someone or something that is likely to be a danger or problem in the future
a possible fire risk (= something that could cause fire)[/ex]
at your own risk — if you do something at your own risk, you are responsible for any harm or damage that you suffer as a result[/ex]
at risk — in a situation in which something that is unpleasant or dangerous could happen to you[/ex]
The laws will put many small businesses at risk.[/ex]
at the risk of doing sth — used for saying that you realize that something bad or unpleasant may happen as a result of what you are going to say[/ex]
At the risk of seeming boring, I don't think we should try it.[/ex]
a good/bad risk — a person or company that is safe/not safe to lend money to or to give credit to[/ex]
run the risk (of sth) — to be in a situation in which something that is bad could happen[/ex]
I didn't want to run the risk of seeing Neil again.[/ex]
take a risk — to do something although you know that something that is unpleasant or dangerous could happen[/ex]
A good pilot never takes a risk.[/ex]
take the risk of doing sth I didn't want to take the risk of leaving John alone.[/ex]
verb [T]
risk */*/[rɪsk]
to do something although you know that something that is bad could happen as a result
He risked a lot of money on the company.[/ex]
We don't want to risk becoming involved in a civil war.[/ex]
risk your life — to put yourself in a situation in which you could be killed[/ex]

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