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

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Other Words from venture


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

Synonyms & Antonyms for venture

Synonyms: Verb

adventure, compromise, endanger, gamble (with), hazard, imperil, jeopard, jeopardize, menace, peril, risk

Synonyms: Noun

adventure, chance, crapshoot, enterprise, flier (also flyer), flutter [chiefly British], gamble, speculation, throw

Antonyms: Noun

sure thing

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Examples of venture in a Sentence


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.


a venture into the unknown their latest business venture failed big-time
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, which has a 33% stake in Ant, is also an early-backer of China’s EV maker Xpeng Motors, which has recently ventured into ride-sharing. Echo Huang, Quartz, "China’s ride-hailing giant wants to dominate electric-vehicle charging—so does one of its top backers," 24 June 2019 Kevin Kvistad, 60, of Burnsville, pours vanilla extract into his palms and then rubs his hands around his head and neck before venturing outside. Kris Maher, WSJ, "The Black Fly Is Here for Your Blood—and Dignity," 16 June 2019 Cube has ventured into many different fields other than music and the quick growth of the league is another example of his skill as a businessman. J.l. Kirven, Detroit Free Press, "9 big names who should be at BIG3 basketball league opener in Detroit," 8 June 2019 The incident occurred shortly before 6 a.m. and began when a Ford truck driven by Roman Melnik, 48, of Duncan, N.C., struck a bear that had ventured into the road, the report said. Stephen Ruiz,, "Black bear on I-75 dies after 5 vehicles strike it: report," 7 June 2019 Mostly Dead Things is worth reading just for the sheer joy of venturing into Arnett's mind. Elena Nicolaou,, "35 Outstanding LGBTQ+ Books Of 2019," 7 June 2019 After playing Elliot Stabler for 12 years, Chris said goodbye to the drama series in 2011, and has since ventured into different kinds of work, including True Blood and Man of Steel. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, "Every Question You Have About 'Happy!' Star Christopher Meloni’s Wife and Two Kids, Answered," 27 Mar. 2019 To reach their quotas, fishermen from the North may be taking more risks and venturing farther from their usual waters, often violating Japan’s 200-nautical mile exclusive economic zone, experts say. Washington Post, "Japan pushes 300 North Korean boats out of fishing grounds," 19 June 2019 Yet that is not what prohibits visitors from venturing along that path. Scott Craven, azcentral, "When will the Rise of the Resistance ride open at Disney's new Star Wars land?," 17 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Later came timely ventures into banking, real estate and metals. David Segal, New York Times, "High in His ‘Glassle,’ Georgia’s Richest Man Looms Over Country’s Top Project," 2 July 2019 Alipay’s venture into EV charging fits Ant Financial’s growing roadmap for the EV market. Echo Huang, Quartz, "China’s ride-hailing giant wants to dominate electric-vehicle charging—so does one of its top backers," 24 June 2019 Nocera brings a professionalism to this podcast that is missing from some other true crime ventures, and the fact that no one was ever in physical danger allows for a more upbeat tone than the average podcast of this sort. Eliana Dockterman, Time, "The 10 Best New Podcasts of the Year So Far," 21 June 2019 Owning such a large chunk of a company is unusual in venture investing for a couple reasons. Lizette Chapman, Fortune, "This VC Firm Invested $200 Million in Slack. Now Its Stake Is Worth $4.6 Billion," 21 June 2019 Rihanna wanted to make a clear distinction between her music and other ventures. Channing Hargrove,, "Rihanna Trolls The Navy About New Music With Her Latest Fenty Shirt," 20 June 2019 Chevron also owns stakes in three other onshore production joint ventures, two of which operate in Venezuela's Orinoco Belt. Matt Egan, CNN, "Chevron has been in Venezuela for nearly 100 years. It could finally be forced to leave," 19 June 2019 Between his primetime acting roles, his musical popularity, and a number of other family business ventures, Donnie has maintained a very successful career over the years. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "'Blue Bloods' Star Donnie Wahlberg's Net Worth Is More Than You'd Think," 15 June 2019 Unlike other ventures trying to solve this problem in India (and other low-income countries) by making low-cost pads, Mohan spun the business problem on its head. Annalisa Merelli, Quartz at Work, "How the female CEO of an Indian startup avoids hiring sexist men," 14 June 2019

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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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English Language Learners Definition of venture

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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



English Language Learners Definition of venture (Entry 2 of 2)

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


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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