"ventures" in the noun sense
any venturesome undertaking especially one with an uncertain outcome
2. speculation, venture
an investment that is very risky but could yield great profits
"he knew the stock was a speculation when he bought it"
a commercial undertaking that risks a loss but promises a profit
"ventures" in the verb sense
1. venture, embark
proceed somewhere despite the risk of possible dangers
"We ventured into the world of high-tech and bought a supercomputer"
2. guess, venture, pretend, hazard
put forward, of a guess, in spite of possible refutation
"I am guessing that the price of real estate will rise again"
"I cannot pretend to say that you are wrong"
3. venture, hazard, adventure, stake, jeopardize
put at risk
"I will stake my good reputation for this"
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