ven·​ture | \ ˈven(t)-shər How to pronounce venture (audio) \
ventured; venturing\ ˈven(t)-​sh(ə-​)riŋ How to pronounce venture (audio) \

Definition of venture

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to proceed especially in the face of danger

transitive verb

1 : to expose to hazard : risk, gamble ventured a buck or two on the race
2 : to undertake the risks and dangers of : brave ventured the stormy sea
3 : to offer at the risk of rebuff, rejection, or censure venture an opinion



Definition of venture (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : an undertaking involving chance, risk, or danger especially : a speculative business enterprise
b : a venturesome act
2 : something (such as money or property) at stake in a speculative venture
3 obsolete : destiny, fortune, chance
at a venture
: at random a certain man drew a bow at a venture, and smote the king — 1 Kings 22:34 (King James Version)

Other Words from venture


venturer \ ˈven(t)-​sh(ə-​)rər How to pronounce venture (audio) \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for venture

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Noun

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Examples of venture in a Sentence

Verb We ventured out into the woods. He nervously ventured out onto the ice. The pups never ventured far from home. The company is venturing into the computer software industry. a writer venturing on a new project The group's lead singer is now venturing on a solo career. It's important to plan carefully before venturing on a long journey. Noun a venture into the unknown their latest business venture failed big-time See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Downtown had businesses that drew a 9-to-5 type of crowd – FirstEnergy, city and county offices, law firms – but many folks didn’t venture out as much. Marc Bona, cleveland, 25 July 2022 Quakenbush said belugas probably venture into fresh water more often than people realize. Isabelle Ross, Anchorage Daily News, 21 July 2022 Eventually the Lakota and other Native Americans were relegated to reservations, and couldn’t venture beyond their confines without a pass — comparable to restrictions on Palestinians in the West Bank. Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter, 21 June 2022 There may be some threshold of disclosure beyond which the C.I.A. will not venture. Patrick Radden Keefe, The New Yorker, 6 June 2022 Now that the time of sustained collective panic has largely passed, though, experts suggest that parents should probably venture into a new, updated conversation about the family’s values. Jenn Mckee, Good Housekeeping, 3 June 2022 The sheer size of Half Moon and its amenities is reason enough many couples and families don’t venture much from the property. Beck Bamberger, Forbes, 14 May 2022 During her original seasons of RHOBH, Armstrong was married to venture capitalist Russell Armstrong, who died by suicide following the filming of the show's second season. Christian Holub,, 1 Aug. 2022 Travelers, once reluctant to venture outside their cities, are planning ambitious trips to far-flung destinations. Christopher Elliott, USA TODAY, 22 July 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Amara’s most recent and perhaps most public venture is participating on the TV show Claim to Fame, a new ABC series co-hosted by brothers Kevin and Frankie Jonas (of the famous Jonas brothers). Elizabeth Ayoola, Essence, 15 Aug. 2022 The Thomson Reuters Venture Capital Index, which replicates venture returns, is up more than 120% in the past five years, while the Nasdaq Composite has more than doubled since May 2017, when the fund launched. Rory Jones, WSJ, 15 Aug. 2022 Running Wild With Bear Grylls: The Challenge (National Geographic at 9) Bear Grylls and Florence Pugh venture to the Costa Rican rainforest to test Pugh’s survival abilities. Olivia Mccormack, Washington Post, 15 Aug. 2022 There are many reasons why investing in a franchise brand is an attractive proposition for many would-be business owners, as opposed to setting up a venture from scratch. Fiona Simpson, Forbes, 14 Aug. 2022 Despite the sensual video shared on social media, Kelly and Mark are all about supporting Lola's new career venture. Adrianna Freedman, Good Housekeeping, 12 Aug. 2022 Amazon’s latest television venture is straining the limits of corporate synergy. Jacob Carpenter, Fortune, 12 Aug. 2022 Kevin Hart’s new venture Hartbeat has added former Disney executive Brian C. Price to its team. Caitlin Huston, The Hollywood Reporter, 11 Aug. 2022 Oscar winner Swank tied the knot with her social venture entrepreneur boyfriend Schneider almost two years after the two were first spotted together in November 2016, Vogue reported. People Staff, Peoplemag, 9 Aug. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of venture


15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3

History and Etymology for venture


Middle English venteren, aphetic form of aventuren, auntren "to occur by chance, expose to risk, take a chance" — more at adventure entry 2


Middle English, aphetic form of aventure — more at adventure entry 1

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“Venture.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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ven·​ture | \ ˈven-chər How to pronounce venture (audio) \
ventured; venturing

Kids Definition of venture

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to offer at the risk of being criticized She wouldn't venture an opinion.
2 : to go ahead in spite of danger When I heard the noise again, I ventured into the cave.
3 : to face the risks and dangers of "I must get to the door!" he kept on saying … but it was a long time before he ventured to try.— J. R. R. Tolkien, The Hobbit
4 : to expose to risk She ventured her fortune on the deal.



Kids Definition of venture (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a task or an act involving chance, risk, or danger a space venture
2 : a risky business deal


ven·​ture | \ ˈven-chər \

Legal Definition of venture

: an undertaking involving chance, risk, or danger especially : a speculative business enterprise — see also joint venture

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