Definitions

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

  • 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. 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.

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

Etymologies

Middle English, chance, short for aventure, adventure; see adventure.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Shortening of adventure. (Wiktionary)

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  • "Naught venture, naught have."
    Thomas Tusser (1524?-1580) Five Hundred Points of Good Husbandry, ch. 16. October's Abstract

    September 25, 2009