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noun risk pronunciation in British English /rɪsk/
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  1. [countable/uncountable] the possibility that something unpleasant or dangerous might happen
    Most major changes involve some risk.
    risk of: The risk of a major nuclear accident must be taken seriously.
    the risk of doing something: The risk of developing lung cancer from smoking is a serious one.
    risk (that): There is no risk that the virus can be transferred from patient to doctor.
    risk to: The risks to consumers from these products need to be fully analysed.
    reduce/increase the risk of something: You can reduce the risk of heart disease by exercising regularly.
    an element of risk (=some risk): All outdoor activities carry an element of risk.
    worth the risk: We might get away with it, but it isn’t really worth the risk.
    1. a.
      [countable] someone or something that is likely to be a danger or problem in the future
      risk to: The council says the waste is not a risk to the public.
      health risk (=something that could be a danger to people’s health): Some of these restaurants are a clear health risk to diners.
      fire risk (=something that could cause a fire): All these books and papers are a real fire risk.
      Large quantities of such material constitute a potential fire risk.
      pose a risk (to someone) (=be a risk): Such prisoners pose no real risk to the public.




a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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