At a venture
Venture 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 speculation. [1913 Webster]

I, in this venture, double gains pursue. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

2. An event that is not, or can not be, foreseen; an accident; chance; hap; contingency; luck. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

3. The thing put to hazard; a stake; a risk; especially, something sent to sea in trade. [1913 Webster]

My ventures are not in one bottom trusted. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

{At a venture}, at hazard; without seeing the end or mark; without foreseeing the issue; at random. [1913 Webster]

A certain man drew a bow at a venture. --1 Kings xxii. 34. [1913 Webster]

A bargain at a venture made. --Hudibras. [1913 Webster]

Note: The phrase at a venture was originally at aventure, that is, at adventure. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • at a venture — adverb : at hazard or random : without seeing the mark or foreseeing the issue * * * at a venture At hazard, random • • • Main Entry: ↑venture * * * archaic trusting to chance rather than to previous consideration or preparation a man drew a bow… …   Useful english dictionary

  • at a venture — phrasal at random < a certain man drew a bow at a venture, and smote the king 1 Kings 22:34 (Authorized Version) > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • at a venture — idi according to chance; at random …   From formal English to slang

  • at a venture — coincidentally, by chance …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Venture — 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 speculation. [1913 Webster] I, in… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • venture — [ven′chər] n. [ME, aphetic for aventure: see ADVENTURE] 1. a risky or dangerous undertaking; esp., a business enterprise in which there is danger of loss as well as chance for profit 2. something on which a risk is taken, as the merchandise in a… …   English World dictionary

  • venture — venturer, n. /ven cheuhr/, n., v., ventured, venturing, adj. n. 1. an undertaking involving uncertainty as to the outcome, esp. a risky or dangerous one: a mountain climbing venture. 2. a business enterprise or speculation in which something is… …   Universalium

  • venture — /ˈvɛntʃə / (say venchuh) noun 1. a hazardous or daring undertaking; any undertaking or proceeding involving uncertainty as to the outcome. 2. a business enterprise or proceeding in which loss is risked in the hope of profit; a commercial or other …   Australian English dictionary

  • venture — n. & v. n. 1 a an undertaking of a risk. b a risky undertaking. 2 a commercial speculation. v. 1 intr. dare; not be afraid (did not venture to stop them). 2 intr. (usu. foll. by out etc.) dare to go (out), esp. outdoors. 3 tr. dare to put forward …   Useful english dictionary

  • venture — ven•ture [[t]ˈvɛn tʃər[/t]] n. v. tured, tur•ing 1) an undertaking involving risk or uncertainty 2) bus a business enterprise in which something is risked in the hope of profit 3) the money or property risked in such an enterprise 4) to expose to …   From formal English to slang

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