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)

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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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb And while those views are still being photographed and taken in, the tower itself is taking up storage space on the digital cameras and cellphones of those who venture to Door County's Peninsula State Park. Barry Adams, Star Tribune, 17 July 2021 But another, more insidious danger lurks for spacefarers, especially those who venture beyond low-Earth orbit. Ramin Skibba, Scientific American, 14 July 2021 Evening readings cool into the 70s to delight all who venture out for fireworks displays. Washington Post, 1 July 2021 Athletes won't be allowed to venture out into Tokyo and explore nightlife, won't be allowed to throw post-competition ragers in the Olympic Village, and won't be allowed to mingle and make new international friends. Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, 17 June 2021 Most Democrats and Republicans who left one of the two big political parties didn’t venture all the way over to the other side. Anthony Man,, 6 July 2021 This articulates one version of lived experience now, with more authenticity than many writers who don’t venture too far outside the lines of literary acceptability, as if trying not to get their hands dirty with internet juice. Kyle Chayka, The New Republic, 30 June 2021 Officials ordered the suspension of fishing operations in parts of the east central Arabian Sea and along the western coast in some areas of India, with fishermen being advised not to venture out into the sea near the Gujarat coast until Monday. New York Times, 16 May 2021 Some would prefer not to venture too far from a metropolis, though—which is where a home like the mansion at 27 Bellevue Avenue comes in. Helena Madden, Robb Report, 26 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun And through a joint venture, the owner has begun constructing a 350-unit upscale apartment building on part of the former Cross Keys Tennis Club and an adjacent parking lot. Lorraine Mirabella,, 22 July 2021 Nasdaq Private Market was formed in 2013 as a joint venture between Nasdaq and SharesPost, an online marketplace for trading pre-IPO shares. Alexander Osipovich, WSJ, 20 July 2021 Magnolia Network, a joint venture between the Waco couple and Discovery Inc., moves to cable television in January and will replace the DIY Network, but expanding audiences in the future means a taking a more direct approach to fans. Maria Halkias, Dallas News, 16 July 2021 In addition to readying an in-house production studio, the company had launched a joint venture with Move Concerts, one of Latin America's largest promoters, to expand its reach across North and South America. Leila Cobo, Billboard, 16 July 2021 Blue Origin and SpaceX are also in an intense battle with each other and United Launch Alliance, a joint venture of Boeing and Lockheed Martin, for government spaceflight contracts. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 13 July 2021 The two companies have also set up a joint venture to produce vaccine doses for China. Tripti Lahiri, Quartz, 12 July 2021 The Texas couple's Magnolia Network — a joint venture with Discovery — will begin streaming Thursday and feature new shows with America's favorite fix-it duo. Lynette Rice,, 12 July 2021 Plans for the Byhalia Connection pipeline, a joint venture from Plains All American and Valero Energy, were officially called off last Friday. Catherine Thorbecke, ABC News, 6 July 2021

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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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23 Jul 2021

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“Venture.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Aug. 2021.

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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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