Nearby words

  1. ventro-,
  2. ventrodorsal,
  3. ventrolateral,
  4. ventroscopy,
  5. ventrotomy,
  6. venture capital,
  7. venture capitalist,
  8. venture scout,
  9. venturesome,
  10. venturesomely


    at a venture, according to chance; at random: A successor was chosen at a venture.

Origin of venture

1400–50; late Middle English, aphetic variant of aventure adventure

Related formsven·tur·er, nounpre·ven·ture, noun, verb, pre·ven·tured, pre·ven·tur·ing.un·ven·tured, adjective

Synonym study

10. See dare. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for venture

British Dictionary definitions for venture



(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
  1. a commercial undertaking characterized by risk of loss as well as opportunity for profit
  2. 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
Derived Formsventurer, noun

Word Origin for venture

C15: variant of aventure adventure

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Word Origin and History for venture



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.

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Idioms and Phrases with venture


see nothing ventured, nothing gained.

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