venture-n; 4 Senses

Sense Number 1: a task whose outcome is uncertain, a gamble

Commentary: VENTURE[+activity][+uncertain][+deed]

Invading Iraq was either a bold or a foolish venture, depending on one's perspective.
Bob believes that space exploration is a venture well worth pursuing.
Bob is trying to organize another venture into the outback.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1

Sense Number 2: a high-risk/high-reward investment

Commentary: VENTURE[+entity][+uncertain][+investment][+financial]
NOTE: some form of financial instrument or money

Holding highly speculative real estate was not a venture that appealed to John.
The small firm was able to raise about ten million in venture.
These hedge funds are ventures to offset their other pension fund holdings.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 2

Sense Number 3: a business or enterprise that is high-risk/high-reward

Commentary: VENTURE[+entity][+uncertain][+enterprise][+business]
NOTE: a legal entity, incorporated, limited liability, S-corporation, etc.

The biotech venture that Mary invested in is going public next week.
He has a controlling share in overseas manufacturing ventures located in southeast Asia.
Their new venture failed after only eighteen months.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 3

Sense Number 4: at random

Commentary: Idiom: at_a_venture

a certain man drew a bow at a venture, and smote the king -- 1 Kings 22:34

WordNet 0.0 Sense Numbers: idiom