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I'm wondering whether the word "went" is a cognate of or otherwise related to "venture". Is it, despite the different spelling?

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Etymonline to the rescue! venture dates back to the 15th century, is a shortened form of Old French aventure, from Latin adventura (“about to happen”).

Went, on the other hand, was initially the past participle of wend (“to proceed on”), from Old English wendan (“to turn, go”), from Proto-Germanic wandijanan.

So: no, they are not related.

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Basically what RegDwight said.:) – Thursagen May 13 '11 at 11:37
@ThirdIdiot: which proves that I'm precognitive! – F'x May 13 '11 at 11:49
Not sure at alll about that... – Thursagen May 13 '11 at 11:51
Thanks for the answer and especially for the links. +1 – 0xC0000022L May 13 '11 at 13:44
  • Venture ultimately comes from Latin venire (taking a rather interesting detour via adventure and aventure), from Proto-Indo-European base *gwa- "to go, come", whence the English come, the German kommen etc.

  • Went, on the other hand, ultimately comes from Proto-Indo-European *wendh- "to turn, wind, weave", whence the English wend, wind (verb, /waind/), the German wenden, winden, as well as the Latin viere "twist, plait, weave," and vincire "bind".

So went and venture are not related.

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Basically what F'x said. – Thursagen May 13 '11 at 11:37
Thank you for the explanations. Much appreciated. +1 – 0xC0000022L May 13 '11 at 13:45

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