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.

1655–65; < French risque < Italian risc(hi)o, of obscure origin

risker, noun
riskless, adjective
unrisked, adjective

1. venture, peril, jeopardy. 3. imperil, endanger, jeopardize. 4. chance.
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risk (rɪsk)
1.  the possibility of incurring misfortune or loss; hazard
2.  insurance
 a.  chance of a loss or other event on which a claim may be filed
 b.  the type of such an event, such as fire or theft
 c.  the amount of the claim should such an event occur
 d.  a person or thing considered with respect to the characteristics that may cause an insured event to occur
3.  at risk
 a.  vulnerable; likely to be lost or damaged
 b.  social welfare vulnerable to personal damage, to the extent that a welfare agency might take protective responsibility
4.  informal (Austral) no risk an expression of assent
5.  take a risk, run a risk to proceed in an action without regard to the possibility of danger involved in it
6.  to expose to danger or loss; hazard
7.  to act in spite of the possibility of (injury or loss): to risk a fall in climbing
[C17: from French risque, from Italian risco, from rischiare to be in peril, from Greek rhiza cliff (from the hazards of sailing along rocky coasts)]

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Word Origin & History

1661, risque, from Fr. risque, from It. risco, riscio (modern rischio), from riscare "run into danger," of uncertain origin. The Anglicized spelling first recorded 1728. Sp. riesgo and Ger. Risiko are It. loan-words. The verb is from 1687; risky first recorded 1826.
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Medical Dictionary

risk (rĭsk)

  1. The possibility of suffering a harmful event.

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

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Example sentences
Lovers' hearts, after all, should be occupied with warmer thoughts than those
  of health risks.
As risks go, this one might not be as risky as it seems at face value.
Too much depended on their success for them to take any risks.
It is his habit to follow at all risks whatever he takes for his inspiration,
  and to change moulds as often as he changes metals.
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