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  1. [noun] any venturesome undertaking especially one with an uncertain outcome

  2. [noun] an investment that is very risky but could yield great profits; "he knew the stock was a speculation when he bought it"
    Synonyms: speculation

  3. [noun] a commercial undertaking that risks a loss but promises a profit

  4. [verb] proceed somewhere despite the risk of possible dangers; "We ventured into the world of high-tech and bought a supercomputer"
    Synonyms: embark

  5. [verb] 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"
    Synonyms: guess, pretend, hazard

  6. [verb] put at risk; "I will stake my good reputation for this"
    Synonyms: hazard, adstake, jeopardize


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