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venture Syllabification: ven·ture
Pronunciation: /ˈven(t)SHər/

Definition of venture in English:


1A risky or daring journey or undertaking: pioneering ventures into little-known waters
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  • ‘This was always a risky venture but it has been done in style thanks to the dedication and commitment of all involved,’ he said.
  • I still think I'm right, but it's probably too risky a venture.
  • Allowing bloggers be the reviewers is potentially a risky venture, depending on how powerful you think blogs really are.
1.1A business enterprise involving considerable risk.
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  • Wait for clarity and totality before starting a new business venture.
  • He's starting a new business venture here.
  • The goals of Bard's collaborative ventures were established jointly with our partners abroad.
enterprise, undertaking, project, initiative, scheme, operation, endeavor, speculation, plunge, gamble, gambit, experiment


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1Dare to do something or go somewhere that may be dangerous or unpleasant: she ventured out into the blizzard
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  • He of course, ventured out there everyday, occasionally dragging Amina along.
  • I really knew I'd made progress when I ventured out the gate and down the trail aboard Topper.
  • I ventured out to the grocery store and it was nearly deserted.
set out, go, travel, journey
1.1Dare to do or say something that may be considered audacious (often used as a polite expression of hesitation or apology): may I venture to add a few comments? I ventured to write to her [with object]: he ventured the opinion that Putt was now dangerously insane
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  • Apparently not, or so I was told by my wife before I had even ventured to express an opinion or a comment on the subject.
  • Dare I venture to ‘guesstimate’ a not inconsiderable number!
  • Ever noticed how a woman is ignored if she dares to venture an opinion on the weekend's football game?
put forward, advance, proffer, offer, volunteer, air, suggest, submit, propose, moot
dare, be/make so bold as, presume;
take the liberty of, stick one's neck out, go out on a limb
1.2 [with object] Expose (something) to the risk of loss: his fortune is ventured in an expedition over which he has no control
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  • The general point that emerges from these thought experiments is that much may be ventured, at great risk, for very small gains.
  • No one would venture such capital without some chance of generating a return on investment.
  • If a man is venturing his own money, this is the only risk which is relevant.


Late Middle English (in the sense 'adventure', also 'risk the loss of'): shortening of adventure.


at a venture

archaic Trusting to chance rather than to previous consideration or preparation: a man drew a bow at a venture
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  • And a certain man drew a bow at a venture, and smote the king of Israel between the joints of the harness.
  • So he went down the staircase at a venture, without any idea where to go.

nothing ventured, nothing gained

proverb You can’t expect to achieve anything if you never take any risks.
Example sentences
  • What did I say about nothing ventured, nothing gained?
  • Still, nothing ventured, nothing gained, and we took the day off to get lunch at IKEA and buy another pack of gummy anti-slip mesh stuff.
  • However, nothing ventured, nothing gained, I hunted around to see if I could find either one of my two watercolour boxes.

Words that rhyme with venture

adventure, bencher, censure, dementia, front-bencher, trencher, wencher

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