Definition of venture in English:

venture

noun

  • 1A risky or daring journey or undertaking.

    ‘pioneering ventures into little-known waters’
    • ‘Several white European women shared the results of their ventures into African territory.’
    • ‘It seemed a risky venture: print-runs had to be huge and cheap paper was used.’
    • ‘For such a risky venture, the reasons for straying outside that safety zone of London is to pick-up more fans.’
    • ‘Grateful thanks was extended to all who put so much work into bringing the venture to fruition.’
    • ‘Your bold nature will make you undertake risky ventures.’
    • ‘Sometimes those test cases are, by their very nature, very, very risky ventures.’
    • ‘The withdrawal of Old School Baptists allowed missionary Baptist associations to pursue cooperative ventures.’
    • ‘I still think I'm right, but it's probably too risky a venture.’
    • ‘While Billie's acting career is forging ahead, Chris' latest TV ventures have flopped.’
    • ‘‘This was always a risky venture but it has been done in style thanks to the dedication and commitment of all involved,’ he said.’
    • ‘As a result Hollywood tries to avoid any risky ventures and is keen to fund tried and tested genres.’
    • ‘Doubts about the success of such a risky venture were soon put on the backburner as cinemagoers thronged to cinema halls.’
    • ‘Presenting this sketch as a public performance in Belfast, Mayne remembers, was ‘a daring venture.’’
    • ‘This, like for every drug discovery in the world, is also a risky venture with dubious chances of success.’
    • ‘I came up with the idea at a venture capitalist firm.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Allowing bloggers be the reviewers is potentially a risky venture, depending on how powerful you think blogs really are.’
    • ‘But you shouldn't mix up the venture failing with the person failing.’
    • ‘Collins said the venture is potentially risky but the time is right to study the possibility.’
    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.
      • ‘She started her entrepreneurial venture three years ago, distributing chocolates to her friends and acquaintances.’
      • ‘The competition was more like those run by government agencies or major foundations than an agile start-up venture.’
      • ‘Last year, analysts were putting a valuation of e150 million on the business-to-business e-commerce venture.’
      • ‘Life insurance became a profitable commercial venture provided by firms such as the Prudential.’
      • ‘His Honour made a finding that this venture failed very soon after inception in 1990.’
      • ‘Lately, successful joint ventures with foreign partners produce consumer goods.’
      • ‘The gimmick is part of the company's latest venture to target the UK's 3.2m students in higher education.’
      • ‘They're government agencies that use public money to underwrite risky private ventures.’
      • ‘Wait for clarity and totality before starting a new business venture.’
      • ‘Others say they might invest in an Internet venture and its stock shoots up.’
      • ‘Find out how the most successful e-commerce ventures help customers help themselves.’
      • ‘Ms Browning's latest venture involves the launch of an organic fast food truck, called the Flying Pig.’
      • ‘Thanks to all who so generously supported the fund-raising venture.’
      • ‘They simply change employers or pursue entrepreneurial ventures.’
      • ‘The money was not paid under the terms of the joint venture agreement.’
      • ‘In today's overheated financial markets, euphoric investors are once again happily financing risky ventures.’
      • ‘One can turn his ideas into profitable ventures with the use of 3D.’
      • ‘After all, the time to get in on an e-commerce venture has come and gone.’
      • ‘The goals of Bard's collaborative ventures were established jointly with our partners abroad.’
      • ‘He's starting a new business venture here.’
      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.’
    • ‘Only the college hostel girls ventured out to buy snacks.’
    • ‘As she moved from the cave, her head slowly ventured out into the sunlight.’
    • ‘And then, somewhat shamefacedly, I ventured out into the garden.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Ash went to bed and we ventured out into Manhattan.’
    • ‘He of course, ventured out there everyday, occasionally dragging Amina along.’
    • ‘I ventured out to the grocery store and it was nearly deserted.’
    • ‘Up until last Sunday, only 76 runners had ventured out of Warren Place, just 13 returning with a win under their belts.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘After the long weekend's excess, it was only the dedicated disciples of dance that ventured out this cold and frosty night.’
    • ‘The venture aims to open five to 10 stores per year.’
    • ‘The course ended on a windy Friday night when some adventurous sailors ventured out for a ‘plane’ across the bay.’
    • ‘Chris even ventured out and tried his skipping skills while he was timed by 1983 world athletics champion, Eamon Coughlan.’
    • ‘Her prescription - substituting therapy for justice - ventures into dangerous moral territory.’
    • ‘I ventured out tonight, and made a few comments here and there.’
    • ‘I really knew I'd made progress when I ventured out the gate and down the trail aboard Topper.’
    • ‘And after the agitation started they never even ventured out.’
    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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘And she ventures a few guesses on why it's not happened thus far.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Stephen even ventures the possibility of a change of name and even in its remit of building a knowledge economy.’
      • ‘He ventures the notion of ‘publicisation’ to rival the Tories' privatisation project.’
      • ‘Accountants on the other hand stick to the letter of the detail, rarely venturing even informed opinions.’
      • ‘Without abandoning her earlier assessment of Jeff Tweedy's performance, she ventured a more complex answer.’
      • ‘She ventures a few speculations about the woman with whom he likely had a long relationship.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Occasionally, Ducros - who is French - quietly ventures a suggestion about some nuance of diction.’
      • ‘I remember overhearing them speaking French to one another and venturing a ‘bonjour.’’
      • ‘Which is why I am venturing to write this column on last week's encounter in Ahmedabad.’
      • ‘Again, no one has ventured a coherent explanation of this theory, let alone bothered to hint at what the evidence for it might be.’
      • ‘I'm venturing a guess that most of those people would swap that for having insulting signs written on their bodies any day.’
      • ‘Ever noticed how a woman is ignored if she dares to venture an opinion on the weekend's football game?’
      • ‘I am venturing to write you this email for introducing our company as one of the professional exporters of car audio from China.’
      • ‘Dare I venture to ‘guesstimate’ a not inconsiderable number!’
      • ‘We ventured a guess that she wasn't off to moderate a ‘Successful Selling Schemes’ seminar.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘We ventured a guess that it was a ‘long shot’ at the time but our loyal readers have come to the rescue yet again.’
      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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The general point that emerges from these thought experiments is that much may be ventured, at great risk, for very small gains.’
      • ‘Kerry compounded the problem by venturing no information about his public career in the Senate for the past two decades.’
      • ‘Without venturing a judgment on Israel's method of retaliation, Mr Rumsfeld suggested the US would take stern measures under similar circumstances.’
      • ‘For an investment bank expert in venture capital, nothing has been ventured here and nothing gained.’
      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.

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

Origin

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

Pronunciation

venture

/ˈven(t)SHər//ˈvɛn(t)ʃər/