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
I, in this venture, double gains pursue.
2. An event that is not, or can not be, foreseen;
an accident; chance; hap; contingency; luck. Bacon.
3. The thing put to hazard; a stake; a risk;
especially, something sent to sea in trade.
My ventures are not in one bottom
At a venture, at hazard; without seeing the end or
mark; without foreseeing the issue; at random.
A certain man drew a bow at a venture.
1 Kings xxii. 34.
A bargain at a venture made.
☞ The phrase at a venture was originally at aventure,
that is, at adventure.
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
2. 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.
To venture at, or To venture on or
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."
Ven"ture, v. t. 1. To
expose to hazard; to risk; to hazard; as, to venture one's person in
I am afraid; and yet I'll venture it.
2. To put or send on a venture or chance; as, to
venture a horse to the West Indies.
3. To confide in; to rely on; to trust.
A man would be well enough pleased to buy silks of one whom
he would not venture to feel his pulse.