|1.||the possibility of incurring misfortune or loss; hazard|
|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|
|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)]|
The possibility of suffering a harmful event.
A factor or course involving uncertain danger, as with smoking or exposure to radiation.