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[ven-cher] /ˈvɛn tʃər/
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.
verb (used with object), ventured, venturing.
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.
verb (used without object), ventured, venturing.
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
1400-50; late Middle English, aphetic variant of aventure adventure
Related forms
venturer, noun
preventure, noun, verb, preventured, preventuring.
unventured, adjective
5. endanger, imperil, jeopardize. 10. See dare. Unabridged
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  • But venture capitalists spread their risk and raise new capital by selling part of the investment early.
  • We need to praise any and all efforts that attempt to establish such an accessible venture.
  • Many guests never even venture out to the rest of the island.
  • Then you venture into the water up to your ankles, and your feet promptly go numb.
  • But in the end, the much-touted venture did not yield enough of the stuff for a single belt buckle.
  • You'll never know how far you may venture-until you spread your wings.
  • Those with weak stomachs should not venture into a space filled with thoughts or ideas.
  • His latest projects venture into urban landscapes and non-aerials but have the same hauntingly beautiful aesthetic.
  • We are confident of the success of this major venture in world recovery.
  • However, you might venture to rely upon his testimony, even though you had the character of a faithful historian to support.
British Dictionary definitions for venture


(transitive) to expose to danger; hazard: he ventured his life
(transitive) to brave the dangers of (something): I'll venture the seas
(transitive) to dare (to do something): does he venture to object?
(transitive; may take a clause as object) to express in spite of possible refutation or criticism: I venture that he is not that honest
(intransitive; often foll by out, forth, etc) to embark on a possibly hazardous journey, undertaking, etc: to 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 Forms
venturer, noun
Word Origin
C15: variant of aventureadventure
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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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