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Venture, vb. 1) absol. to try the chance, to run all hazards: “things out of hope are compassed oft with --ing,” Ven. 567. “in --ing ill we leave to be the things we are,” Lucr. 148. “I'll make a shaft or a bolt on't; 'tis but --ing,” Wiv. III, 4, 25. “before you v. for me,” Merch. III, 2, 10. As I, 2, 251. H4B I, 1, 183. H4B I, 1, 183 H6B II, 1, 101. H8 III, 2, 358. Lr. IV, 2, 20. With at: “the king will v. at it,” H8 II, 1, 156. With on, == to dare to attack, to dare to try: “on the lion he will v.” Ven. 628. “to v. upon the charged chambers,” H4B II, 4, 56. “I play a merchant's part, and v. madly on a desperate mart,” Shr. II, 329. “we --d on such dangerous seas,” H4B I, 1, 181.
2) trans. a) to put to hazard, to risk, to stake: “I'll v. so much of my hawk or hound, but twenty times so much upon my wife,” Shr. V, 2, 72. “I'ld v. the well-lost life of mine on his grace's cure,” All's I, 3, 253. “upon thy certainty and confidence what darest thou v.?” II, 1, 173. “so dare we v. thee,” H4A V, 1, 101. “and v. maidenhood for't,” H8 II, 3, 25. “he had rather v. all his limbs for honour,” Cor. II, 2, 84.
b) to run the hazard of: “I'll v. it,” John IV, 3, 5. “others v. trade abroad,” H5 I, 2, 192. “I'll v. one have-at-him,” H8 II, 2, 85. “for little England you'ld v. an emballing,” II, 3, 47. “I should v. purgatory for't,” Oth. IV, 3, 77. With an inf.: “I may v. to depart alone,” Gent. IV, 3, 36. “how thou darest v. to be drunk,” Wint. V, 2, 184. H8 V, 1, 40. Cor. I, 1, 94. Lr. III, 4, 157.
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