- 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 venturing
On the other hand, “Booty” is an example of Lopez venturing into the campier arenas of pop music and succeeding.Jennifer Lopez’s ‘A.K.A.’ Is Terrible. What Happened to Her Music?
June 17, 2014
Their all-white relatives are venturing out in similarly dangerous fashion.How Climate Change Is Causing Chaos in the Animal Kingdom
January 23, 2014
The very premise makes for a dodgy commercial undertaking, thus kudos to Anderson for venturing on it.T.E. Lawrence Rides Again in Scott Anderson’s New History
August 7, 2013
Only last year, though not for the first time, I found myself being accused of racism for venturing to criticize President Obama.Niall Ferguson Responds to the Blogospherse
May 8, 2013
Miss Maiga committed two offenses in Islamist eyes: she sometimes failed to cover her face when venturing out.Women in Timbuktu Were Singled Out During al Qaeda Occupation
February 4, 2013
Poor Jenkins watched her with despairing eyes, not venturing to remonstrate.The Channings
Mrs. Henry Wood
So, Mel,' said Jonas, venturing on another squeeze; 'when shall it be?'Life And Adventures Of Martin Chuzzlewit
And, indeed, to think of a Christian man ever venturing to be happy at all!
She should never think of venturing the northern crossing at this season.The Prisoner
"Certainly," said Mrs. Mudge, rather unwillingly, but not venturing to refuse.Paul Prescott's Charge
- (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 venturing
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.