venture

verb
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

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 \ 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

On Friday, an advisory subcommittee voted to allow NASA to venture into the nascent space tourism industry by selling seats on its rockets. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "NASA Flirts With Selling Out," 19 Nov. 2018 Stars Lissing, D'Orsay, and Mary-Margaret Humes took time to venture through the scenic destination together, and even shared photos on Instagram. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Country Living, "Hallmark's New 'Christmas in Love' Movie Was Filmed in the Most Romantic Small Town," 11 Nov. 2018 These are hardly those, as the Rams look like one of the two best teams in the NFL while Seattle appears a middle-of-the-road club that now has to venture through the rest of the season without one of its two best defensive players. The Seattle Times, "Pick 'Em," 28 Oct. 2018 The macaques, as of Tuesday, have yet to venture into the bigger pool, not yet sure if pythons or other predators could be lurking in its depths. Sarah Bowman, Indianapolis Star, "New Macaque monkeys at Indianapolis Zoo known for swimming, diving and photo-bombing," 22 May 2018 Murtagh, played by English actor Duncan Lacroix, is working as a blacksmith in Willem’s Creek, the town where Jamie and young Ian have ventured unsuccessfully to recruit settlers for Fraser’s Ridge. Elizabeth Angell, Town & Country, "Duncan Lacroix Talks About Murtagh’s Unexpected Return in Outlander Season 4 Episode 5 "Savages"," 2 Dec. 2018 Players can form parties of up to four people to explore the wasteland together or venture out alone. Sarah Leboeuf, Ars Technica, "Fallout 76 is online and lonelier than ever," 15 Nov. 2018 As millions of Americans, and, in particular, an inspiring surge of young millennials, ventured out to cast votes in this important midterm election, so too did these intrepid, honest, stylish New Yorkers. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "In New York City, Where Style and Hustle Rule, This Is What Democracy Looks Like," 6 Nov. 2018 And that’s venture money and the first time that it’s really been applied to fast food. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Full Q&A: ‘Will & Grace’ co-star Sean Hayes on Recode Decode," 22 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Despite targeting millennials and receiving $20 million in venture funding, the company closed in 2016. Diana Budds, Curbed, "The rise of the direct-to-consumer home," 21 Dec. 2018 Berezin spent the later years of her career as a venture capitalist. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "Computing pioneer Evelyn Berezin died this week—she should be remembered," 15 Dec. 2018 Tonal, a similar product that includes resistance bands, also recently raised venture funding. Rani Molla, Recode, "Peloton now has more U.S. customers than SoulCycle, new data suggests," 3 Dec. 2018 Both startups are venture-backed and have been downloaded more than 38 million times, with each hitting one million paid subscribers in June. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: A Russian disinformation campaign used every major social media platform to help elect President Trump," 17 Dec. 2018 Both startups are venture-backed, founded by charismatic British guys who moved to California. Hilary Potkewitz, WSJ, "Headspace vs. Calm: The Meditation Battle That’s Anything but Zen," 15 Dec. 2018 The purpose of these venture funds is to raise money for investments in biotech companies that conduct high-risk research that could potentially provide high returns. Allan Hugh Cole Jr., STAT, "Finding new treatments for Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s shouldn’t be up to pharma alone," 26 June 2018 The Bridges had hoped to turn their barbecue success into a new business venture in Alabama, but getting started will be hard without their barbecue pit. Dana Burke, Houston Chronicle, "Three amazing hand-built trailers stolen in Willis; family seeks help from public," 1 June 2018 Speaking of millions, Kloss has made a fortune through her work as a model (albeit one that's amounted to less than her venture-capital investor fiancé's). Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, "At 25, Karlie Kloss Is One of the World's Highest-Paid Models," 24 July 2018

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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 \
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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