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Is there any difference between usage of words venture and adventure?

Is venture a short form usage of adventure?

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Have you looked in a dictionary? What did it say about the definitions of the two words? What in those definitions has lead you to be confused about these word's meanings? Please edit your question to clarify what you do not understand. In addition you might find it beneficial to read How to Ask. –  Matt Эллен Jul 7 '12 at 8:51
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I agree with @Matt. Otherwise, this question could turn into a misadventure. –  J.R. Jul 7 '12 at 9:59
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They have overlapping definitions.

"Venture" means:

  1. an undertaking, especially a risky or dangerous one

  2. a business enterprise or speculation

On the other hand, "adventure" can be used to mean:

  1. an exciting or very unusual experience

  2. a bold, risky undertaking; a hazardous action

  3. a business enterprise or speculation

In practice though, I'd say "venture" is now preferred to talk about business enterprise. Especially with expressions like "venture capitalist" and "venture company."

The sense of excitement and unusual experience is also emphasized in the word "adventure," as in the example "an adventure in dining"

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The simple answer is that venture is a verb ('venture a guess') and adventure is a noun ('the adventure of a lifetime').

Unfortunately, the waters get muddied because venture is, on rare occasions, used as a noun ('A risky venture') and adventure is, on even rarer occasions, used as a verb ('adventuring into new areas').

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In the sense risk the loss of... , yes. According to Oxford dictionary, venture comes from late Middle English and is the shortening of adventure.

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