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1 something that may cause injury or harm
  • mountain climbing is a risk, but the thrill and challenge are worth it

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2 the state of not being protected from injury, harm, or evil
  • children living in poverty are considered at risk for a number of medical and developmental problems

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Synonyms & Antonyms of risk (Entry 2 of 2)

1 to take a chance on
  • Colette didn't want to risk running out of food for her party, so she bought twice what she thought she would actually need

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2 to place in danger
  • we refuse to risk our life savings on this investment scheme

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The first known use of risk was in 1655

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“Risk.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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