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ven•ture



Pronunciation: (ven'chur), [key]
n., v., -tured, -tur•ing,
adj.


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.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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