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venture

verb ven·ture \ ˈven(t)-shər \
Updated on: 14 Nov 2017

Definition of venture

ventured; venturing play \ˈven(t)-sh(ə-)riŋ\
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

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.

Recent Examples of venture from the Web

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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


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venture

noun

Definition of venture

1 a :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)

Examples of venture in a Sentence

  1. a venture into the unknown

  2. their latest business venture failed big-time

Recent Examples of venture from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'venture.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

Origin and Etymology of venture

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

venture Synonyms

Synonyms
adventure, chance, crapshoot, enterprise, flier (also flyer), flutter [chiefly British], speculation, throw, gamble
Antonyms
sure thing
Related Words
bet, hazard, stake, wager; liberty; dark horse, long shot, play


VENTURE Defined for English Language Learners

venture

verb

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


venture

noun

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

verb ven·ture \ ˈven-chər \

Definition of venture for Students

ventured; venturing
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.

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venture

noun

Definition of venture for Students

1 :a task or an act involving chance, risk, or danger
  • a space venture
2 :a risky business deal

Law Dictionary

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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