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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Other Words from venture


venturer \ ˈven(t)-​sh(ə-​)rər \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for venture

Synonyms: Verb

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

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

Although some Ramonans chose to stay home to escape the 115-degree heat July 6, those who ventured out found relief in the cool zones at the Ramona Library and Community Center and by eating ice cream at Baskin-Robbins. Julie Gallant, Ramona Sentinel, "Doors open to people who want to beat the heat," 7 July 2018 Dhirubhai Ambani began his career as a clerk before venturing out on his own to trade spices and yarn. Fortune, "8 Things to Know About Mukesh Ambani, Asia's Newest Richest Man," 13 July 2018 Before venturing out into the forests, hikers should be aware of common-sense rules for respecting wildlife. Mare Czinar, azcentral, "Arizona hike: Wildlife abounds on the South Fork Trail," 19 June 2018 Before venturing into Matobo, I had been obliged to sign an agreement pledging not to offer detailed clues that would give away the locations of the nest sites. Joshua Hammer, New York Times, "A Birder’s Paradise in Zimbabwe," 18 Apr. 2018 The team is off Thursday before venturing to Arizona and Colorado (again). Kevin Acee,, "First pitch: Eric Hosmer (back) remains out of Padres' lineup," 15 Apr. 2018 Make sure to check their websites before venturing out to see which ones carry dresses and which have tux rentals. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Last minute tips for prom shopping in Milwaukee's suburbs," 11 Apr. 2018 Givenchy served apprenticeships with other designers — Jacques Fath, Robert Piguet and the exuberant, iconoclastic Elsa Schiaparelli — before venturing out on his own. Rachel Elbaum, NBC News, "Tailor to the stars Hubert de Givenchy dies at 91," 12 Mar. 2018 To be on the safe side, check the temperature before venturing out. Wes Junker, Washington Post, "A wet Super Bowl Sunday: Ice could be an issue, especially north and west of the city," 3 Feb. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The car-sharing program is a joint venture between Toyota and Servco Pacific, Toyota’s new car distributor in Hawaii. Brittany Shoot, Fortune, "Toyota Launches a Car-Sharing Subscription Service for Hawaii," 11 July 2018 We were birthed as a joint venture between 21st Century Fox and National Geographic. Recode Staff, Recode, "Full transcript: Nat Geo executives Courteney Monroe, Rachel Webber and Susan Goldberg on Recode Decode," 6 July 2018 Boeing and Brazilian jet maker Embraer will attempt to form a joint venture that would push the U.S. aerospace giant into the market for smaller airliners. David Koenig,, "Boeing to take control of Embraer's commercial-aircraft business in $4.7B deal," 5 July 2018 Lots of joint ventures—in the legal sense—are being signed abroad. The Economist, "Canada’s cannabis firms plot world domination," 5 July 2018 In 2016, Major League Baseball entered in a joint venture with USA Baseball to create the Breakthrough Series. John Smallwood,, "Female athletes keep plugging away in sports that don't offer big money," 5 July 2018 The Media Innovation Camp is a joint venture with the Cronkite School, The Republic/azcentral and the USA Today Network. Stacy Sullivan, azcentral, "High school graduates of azcentral's media innovation camp imagine future of news," 3 July 2018 Most importantly, Band introduced the slick Italian businessman to Clinton’s business partner Ron Burkle, who was wooed by Follieri’s pitch and ultimately committed up to $105 million to fund a joint venture with Follieri. Anna Silman, The Cut, "Remember the Time Anne Hathaway Dated a Con Man?," 8 June 2018 Tim Draper, a venture capitalist who spent more than $1.7 million supporting the initiative, told the court in a letter that there’s not enough time to properly consider the legal challenge to his effort. Amy Lieu, Fox News, "'Cal 3' backer urges court to dismiss lawsuit opposing California break-up plan," 14 July 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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