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exposure to the chance of injury or loss; a hazard or dangerous chance:
It’s not worth the risk.

the hazard or chance of loss.
the degree of probability of such loss.
the amount that the insurance company may lose.
a person or thing with reference to the hazard involved in insuring him, her, or it.
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.
at risk,

in a dangerous situation or status; in jeopardy:
families at risk in the area of the weakened dam.
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.
the possibility of incurring misfortune or loss; hazard

chance of a loss or other event on which a claim may be filed
the type of such an event, such as fire or theft
the amount of the claim should such an event occur
a person or thing considered with respect to the characteristics that may cause an insured event to occur

at risk

vulnerable; likely to be lost or damaged
(social welfare) vulnerable to personal damage, to the extent that a welfare agency might take protective responsibility

(Austral, informal) no risk, an expression of assent
take a risk, run a risk, to proceed in an action without regard to the possibility of danger involved in it
verb (transitive)
to expose to danger or loss; hazard
to act in spite of the possibility of (injury or loss): to risk a fall in climbing

risk (rĭsk)

The possibility of suffering a harmful event.

A factor or course involving uncertain danger, as with smoking or exposure to radiation.


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