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.
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.
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.
2. To make a venture; to run a hazard or risk; to take the chances.
Who freights a ship to venture on the seas. --J. Dryden, Jr.
To venture at, or To venture on or To venture upon, to dare to engage in; to attempt without any certainty of success; as, it is rash to venture upon such a project. “When I venture at the comic style.”
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. --Addison.
n 1: any venturesome undertaking especially one with an uncertain
2: an investment that is very risky but could yield great
profits; "he knew the stock was a speculation when he
bought it" [syn: speculation]
3: a commercial undertaking that risks a loss but promises a
v 1: proceed somewhere despite the risk of possible dangers; "We
ventured into the world of high-tech and bought a
supercomputer" [syn: 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" [syn:
guess, pretend, hazard]
3: put at risk; "I will stake my good reputation for this"
[syn: hazard, adventure, stake, jeopardize]