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English Dictionary: Venture by the DICT Development Group
4 results for Venture
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. any venturesome undertaking especially one with an uncertain outcome
  2. an investment that is very risky but could yield great profits; "he knew the stock was a speculation when he bought it"
    Synonym(s): speculation, venture
  3. a commercial undertaking that risks a loss but promises a profit
  1. proceed somewhere despite the risk of possible dangers; "We ventured into the world of high-tech and bought a supercomputer"
    Synonym(s): venture, embark
  2. put forward, of a guess, in spite of possible refutation; "I am guessing that the price of real estate will rise again"; "I cannot pretend to say that you are wrong"
    Synonym(s): guess, venture, pretend, hazard
  3. put at risk; "I will stake my good reputation for this"
    Synonym(s): venture, hazard, adventure, stake, jeopardize
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Venture \Ven"ture\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Ventured}; p. pr. & vb.
      n. {Venturing}.]
      1. To hazard one's self; to have the courage or presumption
            to do, undertake, or say something; to dare. --Bunyan.
      2. To make a venture; to run a hazard or risk; to take the
                     Who freights a ship to venture on the seas. --J.
                                                                              Dryden, Jr.
      {To venture at}, [or] {To venture on} [or] {upon}, to dare to
            engage in; to attempt without any certainty of success;
            as, it is rash to venture upon such a project. [bd]When I
            venture at the comic style.[b8] --Waller.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Venture \Ven"ture\ (?; 135), n. [Aphetic form of OE. aventure.
      See {Adventure}.]
      1. An undertaking of chance or danger; the risking of
            something upon an event which can not be foreseen with
            certainty; a hazard; a risk; a speculation.
                     I, in this venture, double gains pursue. --Dryden.
      2. An event that is not, or can not be, foreseen; an
            accident; chance; hap; contingency; luck. --Bacon.
      3. The thing put to hazard; a stake; a risk; especially,
            something sent to sea in trade.
                     My ventures are not in one bottom trusted. --Shak.
      {At a venture}, at hazard; without seeing the end or mark;
            without foreseeing the issue; at random.
                     A certain man drew a bow at a venture. --1 Kings
                                                                              xxii. 34.
                     A bargain at a venture made.               --Hudibras.
      Note: The phrase at a venture was originally at aventure,
               that is, at adventure.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Venture \Ven"ture\, v. t.
      1. To expose to hazard; to risk; to hazard; as, to venture
            one's person in a balloon.
                     I am afraid; and yet I'll venture it. --Shak.
      2. To put or send on a venture or chance; as, to venture a
            horse to the West Indies.
      3. To confide in; to rely on; to trust. [R.]
                     A man would be well enough pleased to buy silks of
                     one whom he would not venture to feel his pulse.
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