- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈvɛn.t͡ʃɚ/
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈvɛn.t͡ʃə/
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- Hyphenation: ven‧ture
venture (plural ventures)
- A risky or daring undertaking or journey.
- An event that is not, or cannot be, foreseen.
- The thing risked; especially, something sent to sea in trade.
- Synonym: stake
- c. 1596–1598, William Shakespeare, “The Merchant of Venice”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act I, scene i]:
- My ventures are not in one bottom trusted.
A risky or daring undertaking or journey
- (transitive) To undertake a risky or daring journey.
- 1693, Decimus Junius Juvenalis; John Dryden Jun., transl., “[The Satires of Decimus Junius Juvenalis.] The Fourteenth Satyr”, in The Satires of Decimus Junius Juvenalis. Translated into English Verse. […] Together with the Satires of Aulus Persius Flaccus. […], London: Printed for Jacob Tonson […], OCLC 80026745:
- who freights a ship to venture on the seas
- (transitive) To risk or offer.
- to venture funds
- to venture a guess
- c. 1596, William Shakespeare, “The Life and Death of King Iohn”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act IV, scene iii]:
- I am afraid; and yet I'll venture it.
- 1939 November, “What the Railways are Doing: Penda's Way—A Station built in a Day”, in Railway Magazine, page 364:
- [...] Mrs. Bray [...] expressed amazement at the speed with which the station was completed, and ventured the opinion that private contractors could still learn something from the railway companies.
- (intransitive) to dare to engage in; to attempt without any certainty of success. Used with at or on
- (transitive) To put or send on a venture or chance.
- to venture a horse to the West Indies
- (transitive) To confide in; to rely on; to trust.
- (transitive) To say something.
to undertake a risky journey
to dare to engage in; to attempt without any certainty of success
- venture in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
- venture in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.
- plural of