Meaning of VENTURE in English


— venturer , n.

/ven"cheuhr/ , n. , v. , ventured, venturing , adj.


1. an undertaking involving uncertainty as to the outcome, esp. a risky or dangerous one: a mountain-climbing venture.

2. a business enterprise or speculation in which something is risked in the hope of profit; a commercial or other speculation.

3. the money, ship, cargo, merchandise, or the like, on which risk is taken in a business enterprise or speculation.

4. Obs. hazard or risk.

5. at a venture , according to chance; at random: A successor was chosen at a venture.


6. to expose to hazard; risk: to venture one's fortune; to venture one's life.

7. to take the risk of; brave the dangers of: to venture a voyage into space.

8. to undertake to express, as when opposition or resistance appears likely to follow; be bold enough; dare: I venture to say that you are behaving foolishly.

9. to take the risk of sending.


10. to make or embark upon a venture; dare to go: He ventured deep into the jungle.

11. to take a risk; dare; presume: to venture on an ambitious program of reform.

12. to invest venture capital.


13. of or pertaining to an investment or investments in new businesses: a venture fund.

[ 1400-50; late ME, aph. var. of aventure ADVENTURE ]

Syn. 6. endanger, imperil, jeopardize. 11. See dare .

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