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 forms

ven·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

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British Dictionary definitions for venture


/ (ˈvɛntʃə) /



Derived Forms

venturer, noun

Word Origin for venture

C15: variant of aventure adventure
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Idioms and Phrases with venture


see nothing ventured, nothing gained.

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