venture

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

Essential Meaning of venture

1 : to go somewhere that is unknown, dangerous, etc. We ventured out into the woods. He nervously ventured out onto the ice. The pups never ventured far from home.
2 : to start to do something new or different that usually involves risk The company is venturing into the computer software industry. a writer venturing on/upon a new project See More ExamplesThe group's lead singer is now venturing on a solo career. It's important to plan carefully before venturing on a long journey.Hide
3 : to do, say, or offer something (such as a guess or an opinion) even though you are not sure about it I'd like to venture [=hazard] a guess.

Full 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)

Other Words from venture

Verb

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 On Monday, some people had started to venture out of their homes into Almaty’s strangely deserted streets. Washington Post, 10 Jan. 2022 Their eagerness to venture into entrepreneurialism is being met by the Mikkelsen Twins who have created a new way to financial freedom. Mike Swigunski, Forbes, 21 Dec. 2021 Meanwhile, joke-heavy, lighter fare like your The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and your Crazy Ex-Girlfriend have dared to venture into the 45-minute, even hourlong territory usually reserved for prestige dramas. Lester Fabian Brathwaite, EW.com, 20 Dec. 2021 Mills, who’d already taken two fashion brands mainstream, was ready to venture into new territory. Greg Emmanuel, Essence, 3 Dec. 2021 When the Berlin wall came down in 1989, Merkel, who had been living in East Berlin, joined in with her fellow exuberant Ossis (East Germans) to venture into the West. Aaron Allen, The Christian Science Monitor, 1 Dec. 2021 This is one of the most affordable ways to venture into a smart home. Medea Giordano, Wired, 29 Nov. 2021 Black Friday, the epitome of the shopping frenzy of the past, may or may not happen this year as many may still not want to venture into stores and be too close to other people because of COVID-19. Larry J. Leblanc, Chron, 24 Nov. 2021 The earliest mammoths to venture into North America were known as Krestovka or steppe mammoths. New York Times, 22 Nov. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun London Stock Exchange Group PLC and the venture arm of Aflac Inc. are betting on demand for better real-time bond pricing. Matt Wirz, WSJ, 11 Jan. 2022 Several wealthy tech venture capitalists — including Garry Tan, an early investor in Coinbase, and David Sacks, a co-founder of PayPal and longtime Republican donor — are among the biggest donors to the campaign to remove Boudin. NBC News, 8 Jan. 2022 Wisely, Keenum is not going venture into any of the debates about Mayfield’s injuries and performance. Terry Pluto, cleveland, 7 Jan. 2022 Fans of both brands may have to wait a bit to get their hands on a piece from the new Yeezy Gap Engineered by Balenciaga venture, the line is set to be released globally later this year online at yeezygap.com. Shelby Ying Hyde, Harper's BAZAAR, 7 Jan. 2022 Mitt Romney sold this home — infamous in American politics — in June to biotech investor and venture capitalist William Rastetter, and his wife, Marisa. San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 Jan. 2022 Analysts, some of whom were skeptical of Vingroup’s venture into the automobile business, welcomed the decision, as the company could take advantage of the disruption in the auto industry caused by the shift to electric and self-driving vehicles. Lan Anh Nguyen, Forbes, 6 Jan. 2022 Last year, LeBron James’ Springhill sold a minority stake to RedBird Capital Partners, Fenway Sports Group, Nike and Epic Games in a deal that valued the basketball star’s entertainment venture at $725 million. Brent Lang, Variety, 5 Jan. 2022 At each venture since (cookbooks, magazines, TV shows, homeware collections, frozen food lines, etc.), Stewart has turned the inspiration of her home into one of America's most prestigious and well-known brands. Dave Quinn, PEOPLE.com, 5 Jan. 2022

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

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12 Jan 2022

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“Venture.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/venture. Accessed 20 Jan. 2022.

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More Definitions for venture

venture

verb
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.

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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