ad·​ven·​ture | \ əd-ˈven-chər How to pronounce adventure (audio) \

Definition of adventure

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : an undertaking usually involving danger and unknown risks a book recounting his many bold adventures
b : the encountering of risks the spirit of adventure
2 : an exciting or remarkable experience an adventure in exotic dining They were looking for adventure.
3 : an enterprise involving financial risk wanted to pay off her debts before embarking on any new financial adventures


adventured; adventuring\ əd-​ˈven-​ch(ə-​)riŋ How to pronounce adventuring (audio) \

Definition of adventure (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

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
2 : to venture upon (see venture entry 1 sense 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

intransitive verb

1 : to proceed despite risk … people going away to adventure upon the sea …— Virginia Woolf
2 : to take the risk … I would adventure for such merchandise— William Shakespeare

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Examples of adventure in a Sentence

Noun The field trip was an adventure for the students. He told us about his camping adventures. They were looking for adventure. Verb adventured all his savings in a very risky investment scheme if I had to adventure a guess, I'd say she's about 35
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun With vastly differing flavors and interesting postcards that detail the history of the coffee from each country, this just might provide your giftee with their fill of adventure in their morning cup of joe. Underscored Staff, CNN Underscored, "25 of the best holiday gifts to give (or get) this year," 15 Oct. 2020 For more of an adventure, try the 99-mile Wilderness Waterway Trail in Florida’s Everglades National Park. Krista Langlois, Outside Online, "The Secret to Happy Family Camping Is a Canoe," 15 Oct. 2020 Learn more about the fundamentals of C# programming and the Unity Engine to create 2D or 3D games, or how to create a stealth adventure game complete with cinematic cutscenes by mastering Timeline and Cinemachine. Allie Colosky, Houston Chronicle, "Invest in your love of gaming with this bundle featuring a year of PlayStation Plus," 7 Oct. 2020 Traveling cross-country to places with limited photos or only a description are just part of the adventure. Sara Rodrigues, House Beautiful, "Love the Madonna Inn? This Instagram Tours Every Kitsch Motel in the US," 7 Oct. 2020 Today's Dealmaster is headlined by the first notable price drops on The Last of Us Part II, Sony's PS4-exclusive action-adventure game that released this past June. Ars Staff, Ars Technica, "Pick up The Last of Us Part II for $10 off—or take $30 off a used copy," 3 Sep. 2020 In 2010, the organization produced an educational adventure game called Grace's Diary, from developer GP Touch. Trilby Beresford, The Hollywood Reporter, "Video Games Against Violence: How One Nonprofit is Creating Change," 14 Aug. 2020 Even Pokémon Go-maker Niantic, which adapted its ambling outside adventure game to the exigencies of the quarantined and couch-bound, is on track to pull in record sales. Robert Hackett, Fortune, "Forget Netflix. Gaming companies are winning the pandemic," 12 Aug. 2020 This is a third person adventure game starring the little astronauts who live inside the PlayStation branding. Jess Grey, Wired, "Here's Every PS5 Game Sony Just Announced," 11 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Those looking to adventure into Astoria will appreciate the convenient location to the downtown area shops and restaurants as well as the popular Riverwalk; plus, the hotel is just a short drive from the Astoria Sunday Market. oregonlive, "Oregon coast chefs join forces at Astoria’s Silver Salmon Grille: Gerry Frank’s picks," 4 July 2020 Valhalla follows Assassin's Creed Odyssey, which focused more on RPG adventuring across the world of ancient Greece and less on stealth. Nick Romano,, "First Assassin's Creed Valhalla trailer brings Viking action to game series," 30 Apr. 2020 December through February, average temps range from 23 to 60 degrees, making for pleasant weather for adventuring. Stephanie Granada, Sunset Magazine, "From Snowy Yellowstone to Sunny Kauai, These Winter Camping Spots Are Breathtaking and Uncrowded," 17 Jan. 2020 Players would be out of Midgar in four or five hours, off to spend another 30 or 40 hours adventuring across the rest of the game’s world. Jason Schreier, New York Times, "After Years of Anticipation, Final Fantasy VII Fans Get Their Reboot," 9 Apr. 2020 Is this treasure hunt just the latest version of Christopher McCandless-style doomed adventuring? Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Fifth Person Dies Searching for Rumored Treasure in the Rocky Mountains," 31 Mar. 2020 December through February, average temps range from 23 to 60 degrees, making for pleasant weather for adventuring. Stephanie Granada, Sunset Magazine, "From Snowy Yellowstone to Sunny Kauai, These Winter Camping Spots Are Breathtaking and Uncrowded," 17 Jan. 2020 In this episode of Moves, fitness instructor Doug Lawder, of Railyard Fitness in Santa Fe, walks us through five exercises that will give you the strength to keep adventuring for life. The Editors, Outside Online, "Our Most Watched Videos of 2019," 17 Dec. 2019 December through February, average temps range from 23 to 60 degrees, making for pleasant weather for adventuring. Stephanie Granada, Sunset Magazine, "From Snowy Yellowstone to Sunny Kauai, These Winter Camping Spots Are Breathtaking and Uncrowded," 8 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of adventure


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


circa 1570, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for 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


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 adventure entry 1

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The first known use of adventure was in the 15th century

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20 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Adventure.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of adventure

: an exciting or dangerous experience
: danger or excitement


ad·​ven·​ture | \ əd-ˈven-chər How to pronounce adventure (audio) \

Kids Definition of adventure

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 : an unusual experience The trip was quite an adventure.

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