- 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: Their newest venture allows you to order their products online.
- 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), ven·tured, ven·tur·ing.
- 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), ven·tured, ven·tur·ing.
- to make or embark upon a venture; dare to enter or 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 relating 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.
- (tr) to expose to danger; hazardhe ventured his life
- (tr) to brave the dangers of (something)I’ll venture the seas
- (tr) to dare (to do something)does he venture to object?
- (tr; may take a clause as object) to express in spite of possible refutation or criticismI venture that he is not that honest
- (intr; often foll by out, forth, etc) to embark on a possibly hazardous journey, undertaking, etcto venture forth upon the high seas
- an undertaking that is risky or of uncertain outcome
- a commercial undertaking characterized by risk of loss as well as opportunity for profit
- the merchandise, money, or other property placed at risk in such an undertaking
- something hazarded or risked in an adventure; stake
- archaic chance or fortune
- at a venture at random; by chance
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.
see nothing ventured, nothing gained.