Definition of venture in US English:

venture

noun

  • 1A risky or daring journey or undertaking.

    ‘pioneering ventures into little-known waters’
    • ‘This, like for every drug discovery in the world, is also a risky venture with dubious chances of success.’
    • ‘Grateful thanks was extended to all who put so much work into bringing the venture to fruition.’
    • ‘The withdrawal of Old School Baptists allowed missionary Baptist associations to pursue cooperative ventures.’
    • ‘I came up with the idea at a venture capitalist firm.’
    • ‘It seemed a risky venture: print-runs had to be huge and cheap paper was used.’
    • ‘While Billie's acting career is forging ahead, Chris' latest TV ventures have flopped.’
    • ‘Allowing bloggers be the reviewers is potentially a risky venture, depending on how powerful you think blogs really are.’
    • ‘I still think I'm right, but it's probably too risky a venture.’
    • ‘Presenting this sketch as a public performance in Belfast, Mayne remembers, was ‘a daring venture.’’
    • ‘Collins said the venture is potentially risky but the time is right to study the possibility.’
    • ‘Doubts about the success of such a risky venture were soon put on the backburner as cinemagoers thronged to cinema halls.’
    • ‘Several white European women shared the results of their ventures into African territory.’
    • ‘Now, in his first solo venture, he faces a daunting task.’
    • ‘She walked through the door on the opening night of his first solo venture back in 1978.’
    • ‘‘This was always a risky venture but it has been done in style thanks to the dedication and commitment of all involved,’ he said.’
    • ‘Sometimes those test cases are, by their very nature, very, very risky ventures.’
    • ‘As a result Hollywood tries to avoid any risky ventures and is keen to fund tried and tested genres.’
    • ‘Your bold nature will make you undertake risky ventures.’
    • ‘But you shouldn't mix up the venture failing with the person failing.’
    • ‘For such a risky venture, the reasons for straying outside that safety zone of London is to pick-up more fans.’
    expedition, adventure, journey, voyage, trek, travels, odyssey, wandering, journeying, exploration, search, undertaking
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    1. 1.1 A business enterprise involving considerable risk.
      • ‘They're government agencies that use public money to underwrite risky private ventures.’
      • ‘The money was not paid under the terms of the joint venture agreement.’
      • ‘Last year, analysts were putting a valuation of e150 million on the business-to-business e-commerce venture.’
      • ‘In today's overheated financial markets, euphoric investors are once again happily financing risky ventures.’
      • ‘Find out how the most successful e-commerce ventures help customers help themselves.’
      • ‘Wait for clarity and totality before starting a new business venture.’
      • ‘The competition was more like those run by government agencies or major foundations than an agile start-up venture.’
      • ‘Thanks to all who so generously supported the fund-raising venture.’
      • ‘Lately, successful joint ventures with foreign partners produce consumer goods.’
      • ‘They simply change employers or pursue entrepreneurial ventures.’
      • ‘His Honour made a finding that this venture failed very soon after inception in 1990.’
      • ‘She started her entrepreneurial venture three years ago, distributing chocolates to her friends and acquaintances.’
      • ‘Others say they might invest in an Internet venture and its stock shoots up.’
      • ‘The gimmick is part of the company's latest venture to target the UK's 3.2m students in higher education.’
      • ‘Ms Browning's latest venture involves the launch of an organic fast food truck, called the Flying Pig.’
      • ‘The goals of Bard's collaborative ventures were established jointly with our partners abroad.’
      • ‘He's starting a new business venture here.’
      • ‘Life insurance became a profitable commercial venture provided by firms such as the Prudential.’
      • ‘After all, the time to get in on an e-commerce venture has come and gone.’
      • ‘One can turn his ideas into profitable ventures with the use of 3D.’
      enterprise, undertaking, project, scheme, pursuit, operation, endeavour, campaign, activity, act, deed, move, measure, task, exploit, mission, adventure, trial
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verb

[no object]
  • 1Dare to do something or go somewhere that may be dangerous or unpleasant.

    ‘she ventured out into the blizzard’
    • ‘That seems a little extreme to me, but I decided that I would try this out while I ventured out on yet another first date last night.’
    • ‘Ash went to bed and we ventured out into Manhattan.’
    • ‘And then, somewhat shamefacedly, I ventured out into the garden.’
    • ‘I really knew I'd made progress when I ventured out the gate and down the trail aboard Topper.’
    • ‘After the long weekend's excess, it was only the dedicated disciples of dance that ventured out this cold and frosty night.’
    • ‘Later on that night, I ventured out with my friends to Dupont Circle.’
    • ‘Occasional gunfire could be heard in the streets, and few British soldiers ventured out of their Warrior and Challenger II tanks.’
    • ‘I ventured out to the grocery store and it was nearly deserted.’
    • ‘Chris even ventured out and tried his skipping skills while he was timed by 1983 world athletics champion, Eamon Coughlan.’
    • ‘Last Wednesday, wearing several layers of Factor 60 and a large hat, I ventured out, keeping to the shade whenever I could.’
    • ‘Essex Green is really poppy and cute and sometimes ventures into trippy alt-country territory.’
    • ‘Up until last Sunday, only 76 runners had ventured out of Warren Place, just 13 returning with a win under their belts.’
    • ‘As she moved from the cave, her head slowly ventured out into the sunlight.’
    • ‘And after the agitation started they never even ventured out.’
    • ‘The course ended on a windy Friday night when some adventurous sailors ventured out for a ‘plane’ across the bay.’
    • ‘Her prescription - substituting therapy for justice - ventures into dangerous moral territory.’
    • ‘The venture aims to open five to 10 stores per year.’
    • ‘He of course, ventured out there everyday, occasionally dragging Amina along.’
    • ‘I ventured out tonight, and made a few comments here and there.’
    • ‘Only the college hostel girls ventured out to buy snacks.’
    travel, journey, go, move, proceed, progress, set out, set forth, rove
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    1. 1.1 Dare 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’
      • ‘Stephen even ventures the possibility of a change of name and even in its remit of building a knowledge economy.’
      • ‘We ventured a guess that it was a ‘long shot’ at the time but our loyal readers have come to the rescue yet again.’
      • ‘I'm venturing a guess that most of those people would swap that for having insulting signs written on their bodies any day.’
      • ‘I remember overhearing them speaking French to one another and venturing a ‘bonjour.’’
      • ‘Without abandoning her earlier assessment of Jeff Tweedy's performance, she ventured a more complex answer.’
      • ‘Part travel log, part art history primer, it elegantly provides the context for Klett's life's work without venturing much in the way of criticism.’
      • ‘We ventured a guess that she wasn't off to moderate a ‘Successful Selling Schemes’ seminar.’
      • ‘Ever noticed how a woman is ignored if she dares to venture an opinion on the weekend's football game?’
      • ‘Again, no one has ventured a coherent explanation of this theory, let alone bothered to hint at what the evidence for it might be.’
      • ‘If he were a betting man, he would venture a wager that she was uncomfortable with the position she was now in where it came to him.’
      • ‘Dare I venture to ‘guesstimate’ a not inconsiderable number!’
      • ‘I ventured that science, research and technology are the only things which will get us out of the hole we're very likely digging even now.’
      • ‘She ventures a few speculations about the woman with whom he likely had a long relationship.’
      • ‘Occasionally, Ducros - who is French - quietly ventures a suggestion about some nuance of diction.’
      • ‘I am venturing to write you this email for introducing our company as one of the professional exporters of car audio from China.’
      • ‘And she ventures a few guesses on why it's not happened thus far.’
      • ‘Accountants on the other hand stick to the letter of the detail, rarely venturing even informed opinions.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Which is why I am venturing to write this column on last week's encounter in Ahmedabad.’
      • ‘He ventures the notion of ‘publicisation’ to rival the Tories' privatisation project.’
      put forward, volunteer, advance, submit, proffer, offer, air, bring up, suggest, propound, posit, propose, moot, ventilate, table, broach, lodge, introduce, put up, present
      dare, make so bold as, be so bold as, presume, have the temerity, have the effrontery, have the audacity, have the nerve, be brave enough, have the courage, go so far as
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    2. 1.2with object Expose (something) to the risk of loss.
      ‘his fortune is ventured in an expedition over which he has no control’
      • ‘Kerry compounded the problem by venturing no information about his public career in the Senate for the past two decades.’
      • ‘No one would venture such capital without some chance of generating a return on investment.’
      • ‘For an investment bank expert in venture capital, nothing has been ventured here and nothing gained.’
      • ‘If a man is venturing his own money, this is the only risk which is relevant.’
      • ‘Without venturing a judgment on Israel's method of retaliation, Mr Rumsfeld suggested the US would take stern measures under similar circumstances.’
      • ‘The general point that emerges from these thought experiments is that much may be ventured, at great risk, for very small gains.’
      bet, wager, gamble, stake, hazard, risk, chance
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Phrases

  • at a venture

    • archaic Trusting to chance rather than to previous consideration or preparation.

      ‘a man drew a bow at a venture’
      • ‘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.

      • ‘However, nothing ventured, nothing gained, I hunted around to see if I could find either one of my two watercolour boxes.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Let us try to go into some of the principles anyway, remembering that nothing ventured, nothing gained.’
      • ‘What did I say about nothing ventured, nothing gained?’
      • ‘‘It's a case of nothing ventured, nothing gained,’ Simon said.’
      • ‘I know you always thought it was too risky, but nothing ventured, nothing gained, eh?’
      • ‘It is a shot in the dark, but nothing ventured, nothing gained.’
      • ‘Better to be safe than sorry, but nothing ventured, nothing gained.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

venture

/ˈvɛn(t)ʃər//ˈven(t)SHər/