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venture

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verb ven·ture \ˈven(t)-shər\

Definition of venture

ventured

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venturing

play \ˈven(t)-sh(ə-)riŋ\
  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to proceed especially in the face of danger

  3. transitive verb
  4. 1 :  to expose to hazard :  risk, gamble ventured a buck or two on the race

  5. 2 :  to undertake the risks and dangers of :  brave ventured the stormy sea

  6. 3 :  to offer at the risk of rebuff, rejection, or censure venture an opinion

venturer

play \ˈven(t)-sh(ə-)rər\ noun

Examples of venture in a sentence

  1. We ventured out into the woods.

  2. He nervously ventured out onto the ice.

  3. The pups never ventured far from home.

  4. The company is venturing into the computer software industry.

  5. a writer venturing on a new project

  6. The group's lead singer is now venturing on a solo career.

  7. It's important to plan carefully before venturing on a long journey.

Origin and Etymology of venture

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


First Known Use: 15th century


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venture

noun ven·ture

Definition of venture

  1. 1a :  an undertaking involving chance, risk, or danger; especially :  a speculative business enterpriseb :  a venturesome act

  2. 2 :  something (such as money or property) at stake in a speculative venture

  3. 3 obsolete :  destiny, fortune, chance

at a venture

  1. :  at random a certain man drew a bow at a venture, and smote the king — 1 Kings 22:34 (King James Version)

Examples of venture in a sentence

  1. a venture into the unknown

  2. their latest business venture failed big-time

Origin and Etymology of venture

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


First Known Use: 15th century



VENTURE Defined for English Language Learners

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venture

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verb ven·ture \ˈven(t)-shər\

Definition of venture for English Language Learners

  • : 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


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venture

noun ven·ture

Definition of venture for English Language Learners

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


VENTURE Defined for Kids

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venture

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verb ven·ture \ˈven-chər\

Definition of venture for Students

ventured

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venturing

  1. 1 :  to offer at the risk of being criticized She wouldn't venture an opinion.

  2. 2 :  to go ahead in spite of danger When I heard the noise again, I ventured into the cave.

  3. 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. 4 :  to expose to risk She ventured her fortune on the deal.


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noun ven·ture

Definition of venture for Students

  1. 1 :  a task or an act involving chance, risk, or danger a space venture

  2. 2 :  a risky business deal


Law Dictionary

venture

noun ven·ture \ˈven-chər\

Legal Definition of venture

  1. :  an undertaking involving chance, risk, or danger; especially :  a speculative business enterprise — see also joint venture



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