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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venturer \ ˈven(t)-​sh(ə-​)rər How to pronounce venturer (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 The State of Tel Aviv To tourists who enjoy Tel Aviv’s beaches and nightclubs and never venture farther afield, Israel can seem a bastion of ultraliberalism that is difficult to reconcile with the country’s right-wing national politics. David M. Halbfinger, New York Times, "Israeli Election Hinges on a Mosaic of Competing Groups," 17 Sep. 2019 Since his release from prison, Azeem has become a dog breeder, and is now venturing into real estate. Akintunde Ahmad, The Atlantic, "The Bleak Truth Behind My ‘Inspiring’ Path From Oakland to Yale," 12 Sep. 2019 With the advent of the euro, lenders increasingly ventured beyond their national borders to the rest of Europe. The Economist, "The economic policy at the heart of Europe is creaking," 12 Sep. 2019 The Fed dropped rates to near-zero in 2008 after the implosion of Lehman Brothers, but never ventured into subzero territory. Matt Egan, CNN, "Trump calls for subzero interest rates. That could backfire," 11 Sep. 2019 When Bernadette ventures out into the world, wrapped up in scarves and donning large sunglasses, her interactions with people are colored by her misanthropic snark. Maya Phillips, The New Yorker, "“Where’d You Go, Bernadette” and the False Dream That Art Will Fulfill You," 22 Aug. 2019 To add some comic punch, Gyllenhaal does a lot of business — fussing with the stage lights and even venturing out into the auditorium. Kyle Smith, National Review, "On Broadway, a Stagy Kind of Mourning," 9 Aug. 2019 As an avid outdoorsman, I was used to hiking in the hills of Pennsylvania and Ohio, then later venturing out into national parks and public lands out west. Patrick Connolly,, "Central Florida Explorer: One year of adventures down, more exploring to come," 3 July 2019 Harry Potter: Wizards Unite is the latest mobile game from Niantic, the team behind Pokémon Go, where players venture out into the real world, team up with other wizards, and battle the forces of darkness. Matthew Gault, Time, "Harry Potter: Wizards Unite," 2 July 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Virtually any late-night venture requires trial and error, as evidenced by the evolution of the two NBC shows that precede Singh. Brian Lowry, CNN, "Lilly Singh brings energy to NBC's 'A Little Late' date," 16 Sep. 2019 One successful venture has been brand endorsements: Ansari has promoted homeware companies and Chinese food trucks. The Economist, "This Indian TikTok star wants you to know his name," 13 Sep. 2019 One successful venture has been brand endorsements: Ansari has promoted homeware companies and Chinese food trucks. Snigdha Poonam, 1843, "This Indian TikTok star wants you to know his name," 12 Sep. 2019 The Boston joint venture, owned by Avangrid and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners, is looking to build offshore wind turbines south of Martha’s Vineyard., "Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building," 17 Sep. 2019 The list comprises small start-ups, like Thornton’s venture, which grew out of Carnegie Mellon University, and industry stalwarts, such as Lockheed Martin and Draper, which provided navigation and guidance systems during the Apollo era. Washington Post, "NASA contractors share the grief of Israeli and Indian lunar failures," 14 Sep. 2019 Ironically, that was one of Blackwell’s greatest strengths in Island’s early days (though his first official post-Island venture, Palm Pictures, ended in financial disaster). Dan Rys, Billboard, "In Jamaica With Island Records Founder Chris Blackwell," 12 Sep. 2019 Thomas expressed optimism about the prospects of the CBA’s latest venture, the pH Experiment. Andre Meunier, oregonlive, "Widmer parent Craft Brew Alliance could be ‘blown up and rebuilt,’ CEO says," 5 Sep. 2019 And now, Johnson has made her modeling debut for Kardashian West's latest venture, SKIMS Solutionwear. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Alice Marie Johnson Makes Her Modeling Debut for Kim Kardashian West's SKIMS Shapewear Line," 30 Aug. 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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The first known use of venture was in the 15th century

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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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