from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.
- transitive v. To expose to danger or risk: ventured her entire fortune.
- transitive v. To brave the dangers of: ventured the high seas in a small boat.
- transitive 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).
- intransitive v. To take a risk; dare.
- intransitive v. To proceed despite possible danger or risk: ventured into the wilderness.
- idiom at a venture By mere chance or fortune; at random.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A risky or daring undertaking or journey.
- v. To undertake a risky or daring journey.
- v. To risk or offer.
- v. to dare to engage in; to attempt without any certainty of success. Used with at or on
- v. To put or send on a venture or chance.
- v. To confide in; to rely on; to trust.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- 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.
- intransitive v. To hazard one's self; to have the courage or presumption to do, undertake, or say something; to dare.
- intransitive v. To make a venture; to run a hazard or risk; to take the chances.
- transitive v. To expose to hazard; to risk; to hazard.
- transitive v. To put or send on a venture or chance.
- transitive v. To confide in; to rely on; to trust.
from The 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- 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
Middle English, chance, short for aventure, adventure; see adventure.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Shortening of adventure. (Wiktionary)