venture Meaning, Definition & Usage
noun any venturesome undertaking especially one with an uncertain outcome
noun an investment that is very risky but could yield great profits
- he knew the stock was a speculation when he bought it
noun a commercial undertaking that risks a loss but promises a profit
verb proceed somewhere despite the risk of possible dangers
- We ventured into the world of high-tech and bought a supercomputer
verb put forward, of a guess, in spite of possible refutation
guess; pretend; hazard.
- I am guessing that the price of real estate will rise again
- I cannot pretend to say that you are wrong
verb put at risk
stake; jeopardize; hazard; adventure.
- I will stake my good reputation for this
EtymologyAphetic form of OE.
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.
An event that is not, or can not be, foreseen; an accident; chance; hap; contingency; luck.Bacon.
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.
A certain man drew a bow at a venture. 1 Kings xxii. 34.
A bargain at a venture made. Hudibras.
✍ The phrase at a venture was originally at aventure, that is, at adventure.
Ven"ture intransitive verb
To hazard one's self; to have the courage or presumption to do, undertake, or say something; to dare.Bunyan.
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.Waller.
Ven"ture transitive verb
To expose to hazard; to risk; to hazard; as, to. ventureone's person in a balloon
I am afraid; and yet I'll venture it. Shak.
To put or send on a venture or chance; as, to. venturea horse to the West Indies
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.
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