[ ven-cher ]
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  1. an undertaking involving uncertainty as to the outcome, especially a risky or dangerous one: a mountain-climbing venture.

  2. 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.

  1. the money, ship, cargo, merchandise, or the like, on which risk is taken in a business enterprise or speculation.

  2. Obsolete. hazard or risk.

verb (used with object),ven·tured, ven·tur·ing.
  1. to expose to hazard; risk: to venture one's fortune;to venture one's life.

  2. to take the risk of; brave the dangers of: to venture a voyage into space.

  1. 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.

  2. to take the risk of sending.

verb (used without object),ven·tured, ven·tur·ing.
  1. to make or embark upon a venture; dare to enter or go: He ventured deep into the jungle.

  2. to take a risk; dare; presume: to venture on an ambitious program of reform.

  1. to invest venture capital.

  1. of or relating to an investment or investments in new businesses: a venture fund.

Idioms about venture

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

Origin of venture

First recorded in 1400–50; late Middle English, shortened from aventure adventure

synonym study For venture

10. See dare.

Other words for venture

Other words from venture

  • ven·tur·er, noun
  • pre·ven·ture, noun, verb, pre·ven·tured, pre·ven·tur·ing.
  • un·ven·tured, adjective

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How to use venture in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for venture


/ (ˈvɛntʃə) /

  1. (tr) to expose to danger; hazard: he ventured his life

  2. (tr) to brave the dangers of (something): I'll venture the seas

  1. (tr) to dare (to do something): does he venture to object?

  2. (tr; may take a clause as object) to express in spite of possible refutation or criticism: I venture that he is not that honest

  3. (intr; often foll by out, forth, etc) to embark on a possibly hazardous journey, undertaking, etc: to venture forth upon the high seas

  1. 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

  1. something hazarded or risked in an adventure; stake

  2. archaic chance or fortune

  3. at a venture at random; by chance

Origin of venture

C15: variant of aventure adventure

Derived forms of venture

  • venturer, noun

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Other Idioms and Phrases with venture


see nothing ventured, nothing gained.

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