Definition of venture in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈvɛntʃə


  • 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, typically one that involves risk: a joint venture between two aircraft manufacturers
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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, scheme, pursuit, operation, endeavour, campaign, activity, act, deed, move, measure, task, exploit, mission, adventure, trial; speculation, plunge, gamble, leap in the dark, experiment, crusade
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  • 1 [no object, with adverbial] Undertake a risky or daring journey or course of action: 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.
    travel, journey, go, move, proceed, progress, set out, set forth, rove; wander, stray, drift, migrate
  • 1.1 [with object] Expose to the risk of loss: agents for other people’s money, they do not venture their own capital
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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.


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.
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  • 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.


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

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