ven·ture /'ven-chər/ n: an undertaking involving chance, risk, or danger; esp: a speculative business enterprise see also joint venture
Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam-Webster. 1996.
adventure, alea, attempt, business, campaign, chance, crusade, danger, dangerous undertaking, endeavor, enterprise, essay, experiment, facinus, gamble, hazard, investment, jeopardy, move, periculum, peril, plunge, project, quest, risk, risky undertaking, speculation, step, task, test, trial, uncertainty, wager
associated concepts: business venture, joint venture, private venture
activity, attempt, bet, business (commercial enterprise), compromise (endanger), embark, endeavor (noun), endeavor (verb), enterprise (undertaking), experience (encounter), experiment, invest (fund), investment, livelihood, mission, occupation (vocation), occurrence, offer (propose), operation, parlay (bet), presume, project, pursuit (effort to secure), pursuit (occupation), risk, speculate (chance), speculate (conjecture), speculation (risk), strive, try (attempt), undertake, undertaking (business), undertaking (enterprise)
Burton's Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006
n.A risky undertaking; a business enterprise that involves some risk.v.To dare to do something; to undertake some enterprise that involves risk of loss.
The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. Amy Hackney Blackwell. 2008.