- an undertaking involving uncertainty as to the outcome, especially a risky or dangerous one: a mountain-climbing venture.
- a business enterprise or speculation in which something is risked in the hope of profit; a commercial or other speculation: Their newest venture allows you to order their products online.
- the money, ship, cargo, merchandise, or the like, on which risk is taken in a business enterprise or speculation.
- Obsolete. hazard or risk.
- to expose to hazard; risk: to venture one's fortune; to venture one's life.
- to take the risk of; brave the dangers of: to venture a voyage into space.
- to undertake to express, as when opposition or resistance appears likely to follow; be bold enough; dare: I venture to say that you are behaving foolishly.
- to take the risk of sending.
- to make or embark upon a venture; dare to enter or go: He ventured deep into the jungle.
- to take a risk; dare; presume: to venture on an ambitious program of reform.
- to invest venture capital.
- of or relating to an investment or investments in new businesses: a venture fund.
- at a venture, according to chance; at random: A successor was chosen at a venture.
Origin of venture
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Examples from the Web for ventured
The HAZ TAC paramedics donned special protective gear before they ventured inside the building.From Ebola Country to NYC’s Subways
October 25, 2014
And so, on Popular Problems, Leonard Cohen ventured back to that mysterious place again.Excuse Me For Not Dying: Leonard Cohen at 80
September 24, 2014
No one ventured onto the raised platform and the monks seldom came down.A Little Too Off the Beaten Path in Burma
June 2, 2014
Yet he ventured as close to death and the dead as one can be without joining them.Blood and Mud: A French Soldier’s WWI Memoir Vividly Describes Trench Warfare
May 1, 2014
And God help anyone who ventured onto sites like RedState.com.How This Pope Is Remaking the GOP
April 18, 2014
I will not punish your fault so severely as Alcibiades ventured to hope.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
"You're carryin' on the same way yourself," ventured his mother.
Then he ventured into the heat and glare of Broadway where humanity stewed and wilted.
I ventured to predict that success awaited him in the rubber business.
With high hope for the future, no prediction in regard to it is ventured.
- (tr) to expose to danger; hazardhe ventured his life
- (tr) to brave the dangers of (something)I'll venture the seas
- (tr) to dare (to do something)does he venture to object?
- (tr; may take a clause as object) to express in spite of possible refutation or criticismI venture that he is not that honest
- (intr; often foll by out, forth, etc) to embark on a possibly hazardous journey, undertaking, etcto venture forth upon the high seas
- an undertaking that is risky or of uncertain outcome
- a commercial undertaking characterized by risk of loss as well as opportunity for profit
- the merchandise, money, or other property placed at risk in such an undertaking
- something hazarded or risked in an adventure; stake
- archaic chance or fortune
- at a venture at random; by chance
Word Origin and History for ventured
mid-15c., "to risk the loss" (of something), shortened form of aventure, itself a form of adventure. General sense of "to dare, to presume" is recorded from 1550s. Noun sense of "risky undertaking" first recorded 1560s; meaning "enterprise of a business nature" is recorded from 1580s. Venture capital is attested from 1943.