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1. An undertaking that is dangerous, daring, or of uncertain outcome.
2. A business enterprise involving some risk in expectation of gain.
3. Something, such as money or cargo, at hazard in a risky enterprise.
v. ven·tured, ven·tur·ing, ven·tures
1. To expose to danger or risk: ventured her entire fortune on a single stock.
2. To brave the dangers of: ventured the high seas in a small boat.
3. To express at the risk of denial, criticism, or censure: "I would venture to guess that Anon., who wrote so many poems without signing them, was often a woman" (Virginia Woolf).
1. To take a risk; dare.
2. To proceed despite possible danger or risk: ventured into the wilderness.
at a venture
By mere chance or fortune; at random.

[Middle English, chance, short for aventure, adventure; see adventure.]

ven′tur·er n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.venturer - a merchant who undertakes a trading venture (especially a venture that sends goods overseas)venturer - a merchant who undertakes a trading venture (especially a venture that sends goods overseas)
merchandiser, merchant - a businessperson engaged in retail trade
2.venturer - a person who enjoys taking risksventurer - a person who enjoys taking risks  
individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul - a human being; "there was too much for one person to do"
argonaut - someone engaged in a dangerous but potentially rewarding adventure
adventuress - a woman adventurer
cowboy - someone who is reckless or irresponsible (especially in driving vehicles)
daredevil, harum-scarum, madcap, swashbuckler, hothead, lunatic - a reckless impetuous irresponsible person
risk taker, gambler - someone who risks loss or injury in the hope of gain or excitement
hotspur - a rash or impetuous person
mercenary, soldier of fortune - a person hired to fight for another country than their own
mountain climber, mountaineer - someone who climbs mountains
plunger, speculator - someone who risks losses for the possibility of considerable gains


One who engages in exciting, risky pursuits:
References in classic literature ?
A visit to the gaming-table--not as a heated, anxious venturer, but one whom it was quite a treat to see staking his two or three pieces in deference to the follies of society, and smiling with equal benevolence on winners and losers--made it late before he reached home.
To you, the daring venturers and adventurers, and whoever hath embarked with cunning sails upon frightful seas,--
Ye venturers and adventurers, and whoever of you have embarked with cunning sails on unexplored seas
Maersk Drilling has secured a four year contract from Tullow Ghana Ltd for the deepwater drillship Maersk Venturer.
The parent firm disclosed to the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) that its Philippine unit had executed a letter of intent with Maersk Drilling, one of the world's largest offshore drilling firms, to secure the Maersk Venturer ultradeepwater drill ship for the Hawkeye1 exploration well.
I n t h i s c a s e , t h e greyhound in question is MAGNA VENTURER who has a quite brilliant record over the 500m course at the Owlerton track.
A I THINK you are referring to the sinking of the German U-boat U-864 by the British submarine HMS Venturer in 1945 but the engagement took place in Norwegian waters, off the island of Fedje in the North Sea.
At one point she and her sister Southern Venturer, carried four experts in a small laboratory to analyse the oil, meat and other whale-derived products processed on board during the season's catch.
Renault has revised the Trekka four- wheel-drive version of the Kangoo and is offering discounts of pounds 1,500 off the 2WD Venturer version.
One such venturer is Stuart Roberts, a former sales and marketing director at NTL and following a place on the 2001 intake, now managing director of Birmingham-based Great Guns Marketing.
Specifically, we compare the predictive ability of venturer financial statements prepared under proportionate consolidation (reported) with financial statements prepared under the equity method (restated).
For example, while one joint venturer might provide outstanding trial experience, another might be a more successful negotiator.