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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venturer \ ˈven(t)-​sh(ə-​)rər How to pronounce venturer (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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb But what will await those first customers to venture inside? oregonlive, "What will eating out in Oregon look like in the coronavirus era?," 4 June 2020 Food courts were allowed to reopen, and Dallas residents were starting to venture out more. Maria Halkias, Dallas News, "Who can remember NorthPark and Galleria being closed this long?," 2 June 2020 Shop them below, then venture into the Net-a-Porter sale for so many more amazing summer steals. Talia Abbas, Glamour, "The Net-a-Porter Sale Is the Summer Blowout Your Closet Needs," 13 July 2020 The others still await official permission to venture out alone in public. Simon Denyer, Washington Post, "No masks, no coughs: Robots can be just what the doctor ordered in time of social distancing," 8 July 2020 Indianapolis residents looking for a fireworks show will have to launch their own or venture out into the surrounding counties. Chris Sims, The Indianapolis Star, "Where to find Fourth of July events, fireworks shows near Indianapolis today," 5 July 2020 Will big-time programs be willing to venture to D.C. to play against him in a tiny gym? Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Star basketball recruit Makur Maker choosing Howard is admirable. But it will take many others to lift HBCU basketball," 3 July 2020 The Grenadier has been designed to be both tough and useful, and to be able to venture into the genuine wilderness. Mike Duff, Car and Driver, "INEOS Grenadier Looks a Lot Like the Old Land Rover Defender, and That's the Point," 1 July 2020 As the country reopens and Americans venture out into the world again, some people will be returning to offices that have been dramatically transformed, outfitted with state-of-the-art disease-prevention instruments. Ashley Fetters, The Atlantic, "The Weird Retro-Futurism of Pandemic Life," 25 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The venture was unable to reach agreement with VW by the end of July and won’t restart talks with the German giant until September, Fisker said in a regulatory filing on Friday. Edward Ludlow,, "Electric-Car Startup Fisker Misses Deadline for Key Supply Deal With VW," 31 July 2020 Earlier this year, James Murdoch and his wife, Kathryn, each donated $615,000 to the Democratic National Committee and former Vice President Joe Biden's joint fundraising venture. Mike Brest, Washington Examiner, "James Murdoch resigns from News Corp board," 31 July 2020 At the Middleburg Heights Planning Commission meeting on July 22, yet another large venture received preliminary approval. Beth Mlady, cleveland, "Middleburg Heights to gain another large commercial building," 31 July 2020 As Binh Tran, 500 Startups venture partner, pointed out, ghost kitchens are capital-intensive due to the real estate associated with the business. Fortune, "Demystifying ghost kitchens during the pandemic," 30 July 2020 Shipt founder Bill Smith’s latest venture is expanding into 10 markets, doubling its footprint in six months. William Thornton |, al, "Bill Smith’s Landing has doubled the company footprint in 6 months," 30 July 2020 Because the calf is still so young, however, the mother-daughter pair only venture outdoors for small, unscheduled periods of time. Brooke Kemp, The Indianapolis Star, "Indianapolis Zoo welcomes a new kudu calf to its herd," 30 July 2020 In recent weeks, some venture funds, including SoftBank and Andreessen Horowitz, created funds aimed at Black founders. Sherrell Dorsey, Wired, "These Black Founders Succeeded In Spite of Silicon Valley," 12 July 2020 The venture, which began in the kitchen of her Plano, Texas home, has earned her a fortune, one that Forbes magazine estimates at $240 million. Liz Mcneil,, "How Poo-Pourri Founder Suzy Batiz Turned Stinky Bathrooms Into a $240 Million Empire," 9 July 2020

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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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The first known use of venture was in the 15th century

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“Venture.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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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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