risks, risking, risked
1) N-VAR: oft N of n, N that If there is a risk of something unpleasant, there is a possibility that it will happen.

There is a small risk of brain damage from the procedure...

In all the confusion, there's a serious risk that the main issues will be forgotten.

...mentally disordered women who pose a serious risk to the public...

I suppose people do it because there is that element of danger and risk...

Obesity is a major risk factor in many diseases.

2) N-COUNT If something that you do is a risk, it might have unpleasant or undesirable results.

You're taking a big risk showing this to Kravis...

This was one risk that paid off.

3) N-COUNT: usu with supp If you say that something or someone is a risk, you mean they are likely to cause harm.

It's being overfat that constitutes a health risk...

The restaurant has been refurbished - it was found to be a fire risk...

He was not seen as a risk to national security.

4) N-COUNT: supp N If you are considered a good risk, a bank or shop thinks that it is safe to lend you money or let you have goods without paying for them at the time.

Before providing the cash, they will have to decide whether you are a good or bad risk...

If you are already considered a credit risk by a bank, a secured loan might be your only alternative.

5) VERB If you risk something unpleasant, you do something which might result in that thing happening or affecting you.

[V n/-ing] Those who fail to register risk severe penalties...

[V n/-ing] Pregnant women who are heavy drinkers risk damaging the unborn foetus.

6) VERB If you risk doing something, you do it, even though you know that it might have undesirable consequences.

[V -ing/n] The skipper was not willing to risk taking his ship through the straits until he could see where he was going...

[V -ing/n] At the top, I risked a glance back...

[V -ing/n] Don't risk it. It isn't worth it.

7) VERB If you risk your life or something else important, you behave in a way that might result in it being lost or harmed.

[V n] She risked her own life to help a disabled woman...

[V n] Why should he have risked all that to become an agent of a foreign power?

8) PHRASE: v-link PHR, oft PHR of n To be at risk means to be in a situation where something unpleasant might happen.

Up to 25,000 jobs are still at risk...

An estimated seven million people are at risk of starvation...

If they have the virus they are putting patients at risk.

9) PHRASE: PHR n/-ing If you do something at the risk of something unpleasant happening, you do it even though you know that the unpleasant thing might happen as a result.

At the risk of being repetitive, I will say again that statistics are only a guide...

Americans wanted to aid Britain even at the risk of war.

10) PHRASE: PHR after v If you tell someone that they are doing something at their own risk, you are warning them that, if they are harmed, it will be their own responsibility.

Those who wish to come here will do so at their own risk.

11) PHRASE: V and N inflect If you run the risk of doing or experiencing something undesirable, you do something knowing that the undesirable thing might happen as a result.

The officers had run the risk of being dismissed...

I knew I was running a great many risks.

12) to risk your necksee neck

English dictionary. 2008.

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