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ven·ture

 (vĕn′chər)
n.
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
v.tr.
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).
v.intr.
1. To take a risk; dare.
2. To proceed despite possible danger or risk: ventured into the wilderness.
Idiom:
at a venture
By mere chance or fortune; at random.

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

ven′tur·er n.
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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
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venturer

noun
One who engages in exciting, risky pursuits:
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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.