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Venture, subst. 1) a hazard, an undertaking of chance and danger, the staking of something as for a wager: “this was a v. that Jacob served for,” Merch. I, 3, 92. “but to the purpose, and so to the v.” H4B V, 5, 123. “to desperate --s and assured destruction,” R3 V, 3, 319. “thy personal v. in the rebels' fight,” Mcb. I, 3, 91 (== the v. of thy person). at a v. == at hazard, at random: “spoke at a v.” H4B I, 1, 59 (Ff at adventure).
2) a thing put to hazard: “with diseased --s that play with all infirmities for gold,” Cymb. I, 6, 123 (creatures who put their persons to hazard for gold). Particularly, that which is sent to sea in trade (German: schwimmendes Gut): “had I such v. forth,” Merch. I, 1, 15. “fear misfortune to my --s,” Merch. I, 1, 15 “my --s are not in one bottom trusted,” Merch. I, 1, 15 “other --s he hath, squandered abroad,” I, 3, 21. III, 2, 270. H4B II, 4, 69. V, 5, 127. Caes. IV, 3, 224.
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