ven·ture | \ ˈven(t)-shər \
ventured; venturing\ˈven(t)-sh(ə-)riŋ \

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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venturer \ˈven(t)-sh(ə-)rər \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for venture

Synonyms: Verb

adventure, chance, gamble (on), hazard, risk, tempt

Synonyms: Noun

adventure, chance, enterprise, flier (also flyer), 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

The restaurant, which features an open kitchen and a very modern interior, opened three years ago, but with all the construction, many people haven’t ventured to the area. Michael Bauer,, "Stem Kitchen and Garden in Mission Bay: Go before it’s ‘discovered’," 12 July 2018 Women and college students would venture there on a lark or just out of curiosity. Emily Sweeney,, "Five things you didn’t know about Boston’s Combat Zone," 26 June 2018 After taking a day trip to Chester together a few weeks ago (venturing together on the royal train), the two then caught up at Royal Ascot last week, with the Queen appearing delighted at the fast friendship. Josh Duboff, Vanities, "Meghan Markle Channels “Kate Middleton Hair” for Buckingham Palace Reception," 26 June 2018 But after a couple years working in other restaurant pastry departments, coming home in tears from the stress of the job, Kurokawa ventured out on her own. Elyse Inamine, Bon Appetit, "The Mysterious World of Burrow, a Japanese Bakery Hiding In an Office Lobby," 13 June 2018 For those venturing out to see the pair, the show will go on rain or shine and is open to the public at no cost. Katherine Fominykh,, "Sting and Shaggy to perform in D.C. before Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final," 1 June 2018 But two years later Trnka ventured outside his comfort zone of fantasy and folklore to adapt a more iconoclastic story: Jaroslav Hašek's satirical antiwar novel The Fateful Adventures of the Good Soldier Švejk During the World War. J.r. Jones, Chicago Reader, "Animator Jiří Trnka created magical worlds amid stifling communist censorship," 31 May 2018 Hordes of people venturing outdoors during the recent hot spell have been met with swarms of mosquitoes and legions of ticks waiting to drink their blood. Don Behm, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Heading outdoors? Here's how to protect yourself from a full bloom of mosquitoes and ticks in Wisconsin," 30 May 2018 And in two cases, the students ventured outside the GM crate engine catalog. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "These clever students have turned the Camaro into a hybrid sports car," 25 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Since the initial announcement in February 2014 that Beckham intended to put an MLS expansion team in Miami, the venture has been characterized by grand media events and the elusive stadium saga. Craig Davis,, "David Beckham, Jorge Mas encounter opposition in latest bid for Miami MLS stadium," 13 July 2018 The claim for $100 million and 245 days had not been previously disclosed by state officials or by the joint venture rebuilding the interstate, I-4 Mobility Partners. Kevin Spear,, "I-4 overhaul cost, schedule troubles get congressional scrutiny," 13 July 2018 Otherwise, the venture reads like a paint-by-numbers restaurant concept — the modern Detroit dining equivalent of the Brooklyn Bar Menu Generator. Mark Kurlyandchik, Detroit Free Press, "Restaurant Review: Detroit's Empire Kitchen & Cocktails has no clothes," 12 July 2018 Gawande has emphasized that the new venture will be a nonprofit, and therefore somewhat insulated from corporate financial pressures. Casey Ross, STAT, "As Atul Gawande steps into a risky health CEO role, here are five challenges he faces," 9 July 2018 Despite Pacquiao’s ambitious plans, the maiden promotional venture dealt with financial obstacles that were recently resolved but nearly canceled the fight. Latest news by email The afternoon's latest local news Recaptcha requires verification. Santos A. Perez, miamiherald, "Pacquiao taking matters into his own hands for next fight — literally," 8 July 2018 Founder Alexandra Van Houtte funded the venture by putting her Paris apartment on Airbnb, and initially tagged every image by hand. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: EPA chief Scott Pruitt is the seventh cabinet-level person to leave the Trump administration," 6 July 2018 Mr Gawande has said the venture will target excessive administrative costs, high prices and improper medical care (such as over- and underuse of specific drugs and treatments). The Economist, "Amazon takes a big step into online pharma," 5 July 2018 Aramco and Nabors have agreed to purchase 50 rigs from the new NOV joint venture over a 10-year period. Jordan Blum, Houston Chronicle, "National Oilwell Varco starts joint venture with Saudi Aramco," 29 June 2018

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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 \
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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