—n. 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.
—v.t. 1. to expose to hazard; risk: to venture one's fortune; to venture one's life. 2. to take the risk of; brave the dangers of: to venture a voyage into space. 3. 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. 4. to take the risk of sending.
—v.i. 1. to make or embark upon a venture; dare to go: He ventured deep into the jungle. 2. to take a risk; dare; presume: to venture on an ambitious program of reform. 3. to invest venture capital.
—adj. of or pertaining to an investment or investments in new businesses: a venture fund.