1. any venturesome undertaking especially one with an uncertain outcome;
2. an investment that is very risky but could yield great profits;
- Example: "he knew the stock was a speculation when he bought it"
[syn: speculation, venture]
3. a commercial undertaking that risks a loss but promises a profit;
1. proceed somewhere despite the risk of possible dangers;
- Example: "We ventured into the world of high-tech and bought a supercomputer"
[syn: venture, embark]
2. put forward, of a guess, in spite of possible refutation;
- Example: "I am guessing that the price of real estate will rise again"
- Example: "I cannot pretend to say that you are wrong"
[syn: guess, venture, pretend, hazard]
3. put at risk;
- Example: "I will stake my good reputation for this"
[syn: venture, hazard, adventure, stake, jeopardize]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
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. [1913 Webster] 2. To make a venture; to run a hazard or risk; to take the chances. [1913 Webster] Who freights a ship to venture on the seas. --J. Dryden, Jr. [1913 Webster] 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." --Waller. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Venture \Ven"ture\, v. t. 1. To expose to hazard; to risk; to hazard; as, to venture one's person in a balloon. [1913 Webster] I am afraid; and yet I'll venture it. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. To put or send on a venture or chance; as, to venture a horse to the West Indies. [1913 Webster] 3. To confide in; to rely on; to trust. [R.] [1913 Webster] A man would be well enough pleased to buy silks of one whom he would not venture to feel his pulse. --Addison. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
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. [1913 Webster] I, in this venture, double gains pursue. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] 2. An event that is not, or can not be, foreseen; an accident; chance; hap; contingency; luck. --Bacon. [1913 Webster] 3. The thing put to hazard; a stake; a risk; especially, something sent to sea in trade. [1913 Webster] My ventures are not in one bottom trusted. --Shak. [1913 Webster] At a venture, at hazard; without seeing the end or mark; without foreseeing the issue; at random. [1913 Webster] A certain man drew a bow at a venture. --1 Kings xxii. 34. [1913 Webster] A bargain at a venture made. --Hudibras. [1913 Webster] Note: The phrase at a venture was originally at aventure, that is, at adventure. [1913 Webster]Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
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