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adventure

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noun ad·ven·ture \əd-ˈven-chər\

Definition of adventure

  1. 1a :  an undertaking usually involving danger and unknown risks a book recounting his many bold adventuresb :  the encountering of risks the spirit of adventure

  2. 2 :  an exciting or remarkable experience an adventure in exotic dining They were looking for adventure.

  3. 3 :  an enterprise involving financial risk wanted to pay off her debts before embarking on any new financial adventures

Examples of adventure in a Sentence

  1. The field trip was an adventure for the students.

  2. He told us about his camping adventures.

  3. They were looking for adventure.

Origin and Etymology of adventure

Middle English aventure, adventure (with -d- restored from Latin) “fortune, chance, occurrence, risk, enterprise, wonder,” borrowed from Anglo-French, going back to Vulgar Latin *adventūra “what will happen,” going back to Latin, feminine singular (originally neuter plural) of adventūrus, future participle of advenīre “to arrive at, reach, arise, develop” — more at advent


First Known Use: 15th century


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adventure

verb ad·ven·ture

Definition of adventure

adventured

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adventuring

play \-ˈven-ch(ə-)riŋ\
  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to expose to danger or loss :  venture … those who adventured their persons and lives risked all they had for a slender reward. — Joseph Conrad

  3. 2 :  to venture upon (see 1venture 2) :  try … the task was always one of great difficulty and art—so much so, that it could seldom be adventured in rough or windy weather. — Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  4. intransitive verb
  5. 1 :  to proceed despite risk … people going away to adventure upon the sea … — Virginia Woolf

  6. 2 :  to take the risk … I would adventure for such merchandise — William Shakespeare

Examples of adventure in a Sentence

  1. adventured all his savings in a very risky investment scheme

  2. if I had to adventure a guess, I'd say she's about 35

Origin and Etymology of adventure

alteration (with -d- restored from Latin) of Middle English aventuren, auntren “to happen, expose to risk, take a chance,” borrowed from Anglo-French aventurer, verb derivative of aventure “chance, occurrence, risk” — more at 1adventure


First Known Use: circa 1570


ADVENTURE Defined for English Language Learners

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adventure

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noun ad·ven·ture \əd-ˈven-chər\

Definition of adventure for English Language Learners

  • : an exciting or dangerous experience

  • : danger or excitement


ADVENTURE Defined for Kids

adventure

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noun ad·ven·ture \əd-ˈven-chər\

Definition of adventure for Students

  1. 1 :  an action that involves unknown dangers and risks Even the good plans of wise wizards … go astray sometimes when you are off on dangerous adventures … — J. R. R. Tolkien, The Hobbit

  2. 2 :  an unusual experience The trip was quite an adventure.



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