American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An undertaking that is dangerous, daring, or of uncertain outcome.
- n. A business enterprise involving some risk in expectation of gain.
- n. Something, such as money or cargo, at hazard in a risky enterprise.
- v. To expose to danger or risk: ventured her entire fortune.
- v. To brave the dangers of: ventured the high seas in a small boat.
- v. To express at the risk of denial, criticism, or censure: "I would venture to guess that Anon., who wrote so many poems without signing them, was often a woman” ( Virginia Woolf).
- v. To take a risk; dare.
- v. To proceed despite possible danger or risk: ventured into the wilderness.
- idiom. at a venture By mere chance or fortune; at random.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An undertaking of chance or danger; the risking of something upon an event which cannot be foreseen with certainty; the staking of something; a hazard.
- n. Specifically, a scheme for making gain by way of trade; a commercial speculation.
- n. The thing put to hazard; a stake; a risk; particularly, something sent to sea in trade.
- n. Chance; hap; contingency; luck; an event that is not or cannot, be foreseen.
- n. Synonyms Hazard, etc. See risk.
- To dare; have courage or presumption, as to do, undertake, or say.
- To run a hazard or risk; try the chance; make a venture; expose one's life, fortune, etc.
- To expose to hazard; risk; stake.
- To run the hazard of; expose one's self to.
- To put or send on a venture or commercial speculation.
- To confide in; rely on; trust.
- n. A risky or daring undertaking or journey.
- v. transitive To undertake a risky or daring journey.
- v. transitive To risk or offer.
- v. intransitive to dare to engage in; to attempt without any certainty of success. Used with at or on
- v. transitive To put or send on a venture or chance.
- v. transitive To confide in; to rely on; to trust.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. 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.
- n. An event that is not, or can not be, foreseen; an accident; chance; hap; contingency; luck.
- n. The thing put to hazard; a stake; a risk; especially, something sent to sea in trade.
- v. To hazard one's self; to have the courage or presumption to do, undertake, or say something; to dare.
- v. To make a venture; to run a hazard or risk; to take the chances.
- v. To expose to hazard; to risk; to hazard.
- v. To put or send on a venture or chance.
- v. rare To confide in; to rely on; to trust.
- v. proceed somewhere despite the risk of possible dangers
- n. an investment that is very risky but could yield great profits
- v. put forward, of a guess, in spite of possible refutation
- v. put at risk
- n. a commercial undertaking that risks a loss but promises a profit
- n. any venturesome undertaking especially one with an uncertain outcome
- Shortening of adventure. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, chance, short for aventure, adventure; see adventure. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“By definition, the term venture implies uncertainty, high risk reward and the probability of zero return … however, in hedging that risk reward by throwing out the least probable high return "ventures" the VC industry betrayed the idea of a VC industry over the last 15 years and hurt the entire technological and entrepreneurial effort in the US.”
“Thomas Cook Chief Executive Manny Fontenla-Novoa said the venture is a landmark deal and a significant consolidation opportunity.”
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“He turned short upon me, and asked me what I called a venture?”
“Speculative interest has its legitimate purpose in giving an opportunity to those who have bought stock and held it during the development period to make the profits to which they are entitled ifs the venture is a success, but it is the hard, honest work on, the ground that is going to develop the Great Bear Lake area or any other area in Canada today.”
“The only way to judge the real world value from this kind of venture is to put up a website and start posting links to it in the silver forums and other places.”
“TRUTH or CONSEQUENCES — A decadeslong vision that once seemed closer to a Buck Rogers fantasy than a real-life economic venture is nearing a countdown in the southern New Mexico desert: Groundbreaking for Spaceport America is tentatively scheduled for June 19.”
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