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VEN'TURE, noun [Latin venio, ventus, venturus, to come.]

1. A hazard; an undertaking of chance or danger; the risking of something upon an event which cannot be foreseen with tolerable certainty.

I, in this venture double gains pursue.

2. Chance; hap; contingency; luck; an event that is not or cannot be foreseen.

3. The thing put to hazard; particularly, something sent to sea in trade.

My ventures are not in one bottom trusted.

At a venture at hazard; without seeing the end or mark; or without foreseeing the issue.

A bargain at a venture made.

A certain man drew a bow at a venture 1 Kings 22:34.

VEN'TURE, verb intransitive

1. To dare; to have courage or presumption to do, undertake or say. A man ventures to mount a ladder; he ventures into battle; he ventures to assert things which he does not know.

2. To run a hazard or risk.

Who freights a ship to venture on the seas.

To venture at,

To venture on or upon, To dare to engage in; to attempt without any certainty of success. It is rash to venture upon such a project.

And when I venture at the comic style.

VEN'TURE, verb transitive

1. To expose to hazard; to risk; as, to venture one's person in a balloon.

2. To put or send on a venture or chance; as, to venture a horse to the West Indies.