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Verb: risk  risk
  1. Expose to a chance of loss or damage
    "We risked losing a lot of money in this venture"; "Why risk your life?";
    - put on the line, lay on the line
  2. Take a risk in the hope of a favourable outcome
    "When you buy these stocks you are risking";
    - gamble, chance, hazard, take chances, adventure, run a risk, take a chance
Noun: risk  risk
  1. A source of danger; a possibility of incurring loss or misfortune
    "drinking alcohol is a health risk";
    - hazard, jeopardy, peril, endangerment
  2. A venture undertaken without regard to possible loss or injury
    "he saw the rewards but not the risks of crime";
    - peril, danger
  3. The probability of becoming infected given that exposure to an infectious agent has occurred
    - risk of infection
  4. The probability of being exposed to an infectious agent
    - risk of exposure

Derived forms: risked, risking, risks

Type of: assay, attempt, chance, danger, essay, probability, seek, try, venture

Encyclopedia: Risk, Hazards and Crisis in Public Policy