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



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


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


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.


a venture into the unknown their latest business venture failed big-time
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Collins walked in space twice, becoming the third American to venture outside a spacecraft in Earth orbit. William Harwood, CBS News, "The 3 "amiable strangers" who flew into history on Apollo 11," 15 July 2019 Guests will be permitted to venture beyond the museum stanchions with Connecticut Landmarks’ Staff for a rare, behind-the-scenes look at the Phelps’ servant and attic spaces., "Community News For The Windsor Locks Edition," 10 July 2019 The state warns that the domestic pets that are allowed to venture outdoors are one of the highest risks to people. Richard Tribou,, "Orange County issues rabies alert for area near Epcot," 8 July 2019 We weren’t allowed to venture past a certain perimeter. Sophia Moskalenko, Vox, "I was a child of Chernobyl," 2 July 2019 While the Guthrie staging has some significant deficiencies, the tunes. the energy and some strong performances make a decent case to venture indoors during a fleeting Minnesota summer. Dominic P. Papatola, Twin Cities, "Review: Guthrie Theater’s ‘Guys and Dolls’ occasionally fizzles when it should pop," 1 July 2019 But some families in the adjacent Highlandtown neighborhood were too nervous to venture out of their homes Saturday or Sunday. Talia Richman,, "Threats of deportation raids frighten Baltimore immigrants: 'They're afraid to go outside'," 25 June 2019 Still, guests wanting a relaxing getaway will find no reason to venture beyond the resort’s boundaries. Alisha Prakash, USA TODAY, "9 remote resorts in Thailand: Luxurious seclusion for when you want to get lost," 20 June 2019 That changing climate has pushed some of them to venture south in search of food. Fox News, "Emaciated polar bear spotted in Russian city, far from usual habitat," 19 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The Cleveland Clinic will enter the individual insurance market later this year through a joint venture with health insurance tech startup Oscar Health. Ginger Christ,, "Lake Health enters the insurance market with Medical Mutual," 12 July 2019 Western Digital, which has a joint-venture interest in the Toshiba plant, saw its production crimped by that outage, but analysts believe that could be offset by the resulting rise in NAND prices. Jacky Wong, WSJ, "Memory Boost Unlikely to Last," 12 July 2019 This joint venture between NASA and the European Space Agency has been following the sun almost every day since its launch in 1995. Dean Regas,, "Top moments in space in the 50 years since Apollo 11 moon landing," 10 July 2019 The two companies have worked together for decades, establishing a joint venture in 1991 called Cereal Partners Worldwide to produce and distribute breakfast cereals in 130 countries outside of the U.S. and Canada. Dave Quinn,, "General Mills Now Has Drumstick Ice Cream Cereal in 2 Different Flavors," 8 July 2019 So is Hygon, born of a joint venture in 2016 between Sugon and Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), an American semiconductor firm. The Economist, "An American ban hits China’s supercomputer industry," 29 June 2019 Working in a joint venture with oil Shell, Pemex obtains some of its gasoline from a 340,000-barrel-per-day refinery in the Houston suburb of Deer Park. Sergio Chapa, Houston Chronicle, "Crude oil inputs to Mexico's refineries fall for fifth year in a row," 25 June 2019 Other bidders that had been shortlisted included Salini Impregilo SpA of Italy and a joint venture comprising China Three Gorges Corp., China International Water & Electric Corp. and China Gezhouba Group Co., according to Nkhuwa. Prinesha Naidoo,, "GE, PowerChina set to build $4 billion Zambia-Zimbabwe plant," 21 June 2019 And this year, she was nominated for another James Beard, this time as the Best Chef in New York City for her work at Atla, another joint venture in Mexican cuisine with Olvera. Vogue, "Chef Daniela Soto-Innes on Community, Success, and Sourcing the Freshest Ingredients," 21 June 2019

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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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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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