A venture is a risky undertaking. If your latest venture is a dog food store, you hope there are some hungry dogs around. Also, to venture is to go somewhere possibly dangerous, like if you venture out into a snowstorm.

Venture is a shortened form of adventure. This happened sometime between 1100 CE and 1400 CE during the time that Middle English was spoken. While the two words are similar in meaning, when you subtract the ad, you lose a teaspoon or two of fun, and add a heaping tablespoon of risk.

Definitions of venture
  1. noun

    any venturesome undertaking especially one with an uncertain outcome

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    joint venture

    a venture by a partnership or conglomerate designed to share risk or expertise

    a venture at something new or different
    campaign, cause, crusade, drive, effort, movement

    a series of actions advancing a principle or tending toward a particular end
    sally, sallying forth

    a venture off the beaten path
    danger, peril, risk

    a venture undertaken without regard to possible loss or injury
    foreign direct investment

    a joint venture between a foreign company and a United States company
    ad blitz, ad campaign, advertising campaign

    an organized program of advertisements
    anti-war movement

    a campaign against entering or continuing a war
    charm campaign

    a campaign of flattery and friendliness (by a company, politician, etc.) to become more popular and gain support

    a movement advocating greater protection of the interests of consumers
    campaigning, candidacy, candidature, electioneering, political campaign

    the campaign of a candidate to be elected
    fund-raising campaign, fund-raising drive, fund-raising effort

    a campaign to raise money for some cause
    feminism, feminist movement, women’s lib, women’s liberation movement

    the movement aimed at equal rights for women
    gay lib, gay liberation movement

    the movement aimed at liberating homosexuals from legal or social or economic oppression
    lost cause

    a defeated cause or a cause for which defeat is inevitable

    a campaign aimed to correct abuses or malpractices

    a concerted campaign to end something that is injurious
    youth crusade, youth movement

    political or religious or social reform movement or agitation consisting chiefly of young people

    a risk involving danger

    a risky and uncertain venture

    a risky act or venture
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    labor, project, task, undertaking

    any piece of work that is undertaken or attempted

  2. noun

    an investment that is very risky but could yield great profits

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    money that is risked for possible monetary gain
    smart money

    money bet or invested by experienced gamblers or investors (especially if they have inside information)

    (stock market) a series of transactions in which the speculator increases his holdings by using the rising market value of those holdings as margin for further purchases
    bet, stake, stakes, wager

    the money risked on a gamble
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    investment, investment funds

    money that is invested with an expectation of profit

  3. noun

    a commercial undertaking that risks a loss but promises a profit

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    business, business enterprise, commercial enterprise

    the activity of providing goods and services involving financial and commercial and industrial aspects

  4. verb

    proceed somewhere despite the risk of possible dangers

    ventured into the world of high-tech and bought a supercomputer”
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    go, move, proceed

    follow a procedure or take a course

  5. verb

    put forward, of a guess, in spite of possible refutation

    guess, hazard, pretend
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    anticipate, call, forebode, foretell, predict, prognosticate, promise

    make a prediction about; tell in advance
    surmise, suspect

    imagine to be the case or true or probable

    interpret the significance of, as of palms, tea leaves, intestines, the sky; also of human behavior
    outguess, second-guess

    attempt to anticipate or predict

    predict from an omen
    bet, wager

    maintain with or as if with a bet
    calculate, forecast

    predict in advance
    prophesy, vaticinate

    predict or reveal through, or as if through, divine inspiration
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    talk over conjecturally, or review in an idle or casual way and with an element of doubt or without sufficient reason to reach a conclusion

  6. verb

    put at risk

    adventure, hazard, jeopardize, stake
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    lay on the line, put on the line, risk

    expose to a chance of loss or damage

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