an undertaking involving uncertainty as to the outcome, especially a risky or dangerous one: a mountain-climbing venture.
a business enterprise or speculation in which something is risked in the hope of profit; a commercial or other speculation.
the money, ship, cargo, merchandise, or the like, on which risk is taken in a business enterprise or speculation.
Obsolete. hazard or risk.
verb (used with object), ventured, venturing.
to expose to hazard; risk: to venture one's fortune; to venture one's life.
to take the risk of; brave the dangers of: to venture a voyage into space.
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.
to take the risk of sending.
verb (used without object), ventured, venturing.
to make or embark upon a venture; dare to go: He ventured deep into the jungle.
to take a risk; dare; presume: to venture on an ambitious program of reform.
to invest venture capital.
of or pertaining to an investment or investments in new businesses: a venture fund.
at a venture, according to chance; at random: A successor was chosen at a venture.

1400–50; late Middle English, aphetic variant of aventure adventure

venturer, noun
preventure, noun, verb, preventured, preventuring.
unventured, adjective

5. endanger, imperil, jeopardize. 10. See dare. Unabridged
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venture (ˈvɛntʃə)
1.  (tr) to expose to danger; hazard: he ventured his life
2.  (tr) to brave the dangers of (something): I'll venture the seas
3.  (tr) to dare (to do something): does he venture to object?
4.  (tr; may take a clause as object) to express in spite of possible refutation or criticism: I venture that he is not that honest
5.  (intr; often foll by out, forth, etc) to embark on a possibly hazardous journey, undertaking, etc: to venture forth upon the high seas
6.  an undertaking that is risky or of uncertain outcome
7.  a.  a commercial undertaking characterized by risk of loss as well as opportunity for profit
 b.  the merchandise, money, or other property placed at risk in such an undertaking
8.  something hazarded or risked in an adventure; stake
9.  archaic chance or fortune
10.  at a venture at random; by chance
[C15: variant of aventureadventure]

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Word Origin & History

mid-15c., "to risk the loss" (of something), shortened form of aventure, itself a form of adventure. General sense of "to dare, to presume" is recorded from 1550s. Noun sense of "risky undertaking" first recorded 1560s; meaning "enterprise of a business nature" is recorded
from 1580s. Venture capital is attested from 1943.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Example sentences
Many of the ventures were attended with great danger even in times of peace.
His own editorial ventures were brilliant in their audacity but dismal in their
  financial returns.
Whereupon the guest ventures that people are afraid of chocolate because it is
  so fattening or so hot.
The state claims final authority to prescribe standards and to supervise even
  private educational ventures.
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