venture

verb
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

venture

noun

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

Verb

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

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 surprise, y'all: She's ventured into dye-job territory that she's never explored before. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Jennie of Blackpink Reveals New Blonde Hair in "Kill This Love" Promo," 26 Mar. 2019 But what happens when players venture onto the field and away from the comfort of the benches? Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, "How NFL Fields, and Players, Stay Warm for Winter Games," 16 Jan. 2019 Girard, who died in 2015 at 91, ventured into many disciplines. Frank Wilson, Philly.com, "'Evolution of Desire': René Girard, a man in full," 6 July 2018 Another islander ventured to the spot and scanned the bottom with sonar. Earl Swift, Outside Online, "The Incredible True Story of the Henrietta C.," 20 June 2018 Auburn's return coverage units were also struggling when the Tigers ventured to College Station for a meeting with one of the nation's most dangerous return men, Christian Kirk, but Auburn's special teams kept Kirk out of the picture. Tom Green, AL.com, "Grading Auburn's special teams for the 2017 season," 12 Jan. 2018 From venturing in the Colorado backcountry to building a surfboard on the coast of Maine, Huckberry has stepped up its Explorer’s Grant program for 2019. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, "Vote for Huckberry's Explorer’s Grant and Win Your Chance to Go on a Wild Adventure," 26 Mar. 2019 As the years pass, Marsai's style continues to evolve, venturing away from the trendy outfits of her childhood and moving towards timeless pieces that are bold, elegant, and full of personality. Teen Vogue, "Marsai Martin's Red Carpet Style Evolution," 21 Mar. 2019 The party dispersed—with most off to bed and a few brave souls venturing deeper into the Parisian night—but all awoke to the same beautiful surprise: the City of Light dusted with a fresh coat of snow. Alexander Howard, Vogue, "At Couture Week, Hunting Season Hosted a Très Chic Crew for Dinner," 22 Jan. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

But most Shark Tank hopefuls are eager to take the plunge with Lori as a partner, as her business ventures have made more than $870 million in retail sales. Marie Milano, Country Living, "'Shark Tank' Star Lori Greiner's Husband Dan Has Always Supported Her Career," 5 May 2019 Its influence today is widespread: Western governments have given it tacit or explicit acceptance and venture capitalists support it. Paul Vigna, WSJ, "Bitcoin Is in the Dumps, Spreading Gloom Over Crypto World," 19 Mar. 2019 Just then, a young French employee of Kul Kul, their son Orin's permaculture venture (the whole family's in on the green game), stops by to discuss his latest bamboo workshop and snaps us out of our reverie. Alex Postman, Condé Nast Traveler, "Finding the Bali You Came For," 16 Nov. 2018 Integration, or moving the money into a venture that at first glance appears to be legitimate, is the final step of money laundering. Jeff Andrews, Curbed, "Why financial criminals use real estate to launder money," 10 Aug. 2018 Joint venture partners Vale SA and BHP Billiton Ltd. have already secured four court extensions to negotiate the settlement of a multibillion-dollar claim stemming from a fatal tailings dam disaster in 2015. Paula Sambo, Bloomberg.com, "Samarco Is Close to a Settlement With Brazil Prosecutors," 14 June 2018 Most Read Local Stories The venture was not entirely fruitless, however. Kyrie Long, The Seattle Times, "Family donates ice classic clock UA Museum of the North," 30 Mar. 2019 The news kicked off hundreds of comments, tweets, and articles wondering what the new venture could possibly be. Glamour, "I Wore Glossier Play for a Night Out—Here’s How It Held Up," 28 Mar. 2019 Russia’s Sollers will now regain its controlling stake in the venture with this latest action. Nathan Allen, WSJ, "Ford Joint Venture to Exit Russia Passenger Car Market," 27 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of venture

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3

History and Etymology for venture

Verb

Middle English venteren, aphetic form of aventuren, auntren "to occur by chance, expose to risk, take a chance" — more at adventure entry 2

Noun

Middle English, aphetic form of aventure — more at adventure entry 1

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venture

verb

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

venture

noun

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

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

venture

verb
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.

venture

noun

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

venture

noun
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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