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venture

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verb ven·ture \ˈven(t)-shər\

Simple Definition of venture

  • : to go somewhere that is unknown, dangerous, etc.

  • : to start to do something new or different that usually involves risk

  • : to do, say, or offer something (such as a guess or an opinion) even though you are not sure about it

Full Definition of venture

ven·turedven·tur·ing play \ˈven(t)-sh(ə-)riŋ\

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to expose to hazard :  risk, gamble <ventured a buck or two on the race>

  3. 2 :  to undertake the risks and dangers of :  brave <ventured the stormy sea>

  4. 3 :  to offer at the risk of rebuff, rejection, or censure <venture an opinion>

  5. intransitive verb
  6. :  to proceed especially in the face of danger

ven·tur·er play \ˈven(t)-sh(ə-)rər\ noun

Examples of venture

  1. We ventured out into the woods.

  2. He nervously ventured out onto the ice.

  3. The pups never ventured far from home.

  4. The company is venturing into the computer software industry.

  5. a writer venturing on a new project

  6. The group's lead singer is now venturing on a solo career.

  7. It's important to plan carefully before venturing on a long journey.



Origin of venture

Middle English venteren, by shortening & alteration from aventuren, from aventure adventure


First Known Use: 15th century


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venture

noun ven·ture

Simple Definition of venture

  • : a new activity, project, business, etc., that typically involves risk

Full Definition of venture

  1. 1 obsolete :  destiny, fortune, chance

  2. 2 a :  an undertaking involving chance, risk, or danger; especially :  a speculative business enterprise b :  a venturesome act

  3. 3 :  something (as money or property) at stake in a speculative venture

at a venture
  1. :  at random <a certain man drew a bow at a venture, and smote the king — 1 Kings 22:34 (Authorized Version)>

Examples of venture

  1. a venture into the unknown

  2. <their latest business venture failed big-time>



15th Century

First Known Use of venture

15th century




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