ven·​ture | \ ˈven(t)-shər How to pronounce venture (audio) \
ventured; venturing\ ˈven(t)-​sh(ə-​)riŋ How to pronounce venture (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



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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venturer \ ˈven(t)-​sh(ə-​)rər How to pronounce venture (audio) \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for venture

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Noun

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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 Deer hunters rarely venture more than a few hundred yards from parking areas. Gerald Almy, Field & Stream, "8 Overlooked Spring Turkey-Hunting Hotspots," 19 Mar. 2021 Sometimes Nyiramilimo would venture down the corridor and peer out a window that overlooked the parking lot and the road beyond. New York Times, "He Was the Hero of ‘Hotel Rwanda.’ Now He’s Accused of Terrorism.," 2 Mar. 2021 The 23-story neo-Gothic Barbizon was built in 1927 on the corner of Lexington Avenue and 63rd Street as an upscale, clublike residential hotel for ambitious young women who dared to venture to New York on their own to pursue their dreams. Heller Mcalpin, WSJ, "‘The Barbizon’ Review: Landmark and Launching Pad," 26 Feb. 2021 But getting Clark to venture to the wilds of Lower Manhattan was a tough sell at first. Jeremy Repanich, Robb Report, "How Trailblazing Chef Patrick Clark Changed the Story of Modern American Dining," 24 Feb. 2021 With many people choosing not to venture out to physical stores to buy gifts, this past holiday season saw a record-breaking $188.2 billion in U.S. online purchases, which represents more than 32% growth from the year before. Nicole Norfleet, Star Tribune, "Online holiday spending increases 32%, sets record," 11 Jan. 2021 Those who want to venture to the bottom should bring grippy hiking shoes. Dan Fellner, The Arizona Republic, "Driving California Highway 1: The best views, hikes and things to do near San Luis Obispo," 27 Aug. 2020 Twenty-five years ago, fans had to venture far beyond their living rooms to underground clubs late at night to see drag kings perform. New York Times, "Drag Kings Are Ready to Rule," 4 Mar. 2021 Industry experts are predicting a surge in road trips this year, as cautious travelers, still apprehensive about flying, slowly venture out again. Susan Glaser, cleveland, "More Americans are driving to Florida: Dispatches from the road," 4 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The venture capitalist suggested that the industry needed to normalize founders who cry; another speaker responded, vulnerably, that this sentiment was very powerful. Anna Wiener, The New Yorker, "Clubhouse Feels Like a Party," 31 Mar. 2021 Notably, the survey showed that 86% of female founders believe a venture capitalist's ability to add value would be a key consideration for them. Siva Sithraputhran, Fortune, "Your capital is not enough, do more to add value, businesses tell venture capitalists in new report," 31 Mar. 2021 The effort was unveiled Thursday by the Draper Hero Institute, a research firm led by Silicon Valley venture capitalist Tim Draper. Angus Loten, WSJ, "Washington, Texas, Florida Top New Ranking of Innovation Hubs," 26 Mar. 2021 The group was seeded with $10 million from wealthy Republican donor Peter Thiel, a venture capitalist, and received additional funding from GOP financiers Robert Mercer and his daughter Rebekah Mercer. David M. Drucker, Washington Examiner, "Ohio Republicans question JD Vance's viability in Senate race," 24 Mar. 2021 Slaoui recently returned to his previous role as a venture capitalist and announced the launch of a new company, Centessa Pharmaceuticals. Matthew Herper, STAT, "Moncef Slaoui, former head of Operation Warp Speed, fired from company board over sexual harassment allegations," 24 Mar. 2021 From a venture capitalist’s point of view, some say accents can negatively impact a speaker’s ability to raise funding. Washington Post, "Some people think they have to lose their accent to get ahead. Is that fair?," 24 Mar. 2021 Thaddeus Young is flexing his venture capitalist muscles with an investment in Trufan, an audience engagement platform that has two other NBA players as backers. Justin Birnbaum, Forbes, "SportsMoney Playbook: Behind The Scenes At The NCAA Tournament," 18 Mar. 2021 Vance, the Marine Corps veteran and venture capitalist who wrote Hillbilly Elegy, is expected to soon announce his candidacy for a U.S. Senate seat from Ohio. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, "Hillbilly Agonistes," 16 Mar. 2021

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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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The first known use of venture was in the 15th century

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“Venture.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Apr. 2021.

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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 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.



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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